Mayor & Council

2017 Arlington City Council: Back row (left to right) Adam Cowell, Tom Hatlestad, Ben Jaszewski, City Attorney Ross Arneson. Front row (left to right) Michelle Battcher, Mayor Richard Nagel, Jim Heiland, City Administrator Liza Donabauer.


The City of Arlington operates under the home rule charter form of government.  The City Council is composed of five council members (four year terms each) and the mayor (four-year term) who exercises the legislative functions and determines all policy.  The City Administrator is appointed by the City Council and is responsible for the administration of city affairs.  Many committees work with the Council providing advice, ideas, and resources, which allows for more citizen input.

Mayor Nagel’s 2016 Goals



2017 Arlington City Council

Meet the Council Members

IMG_8638_ppMayor: Richard Nagel 

Address: 311 E. Clinton Street PO Box 206 

Home Phone: 507-964-5141

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Initial Term: January 2015 

Term Expires: December 2018

Committees: All

IMG_8547_pp(Vice Mayor) Councilmember: Jim Heiland

Address: 849 7th Ave. NW

Home Phone: N/A

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Initial Term: January 2015

Term Expires: December 2018

Committees: MMUA, A-GI, Streets, Utilities, Fire Dept.



IMG_8540_ppCouncilmember: Michelle Battcher

Address: 511 Freedom Dr.

Home Phone: 507-964-5274

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Initial Term: January 2015

Term Expires: December 2018

Committees: A-GI, Employee Relations, Finance, Police, Ambulance, EDA, Planning & Zoning

COA_JamesJaszawskiCouncilmember: James “Ben” Jaszewski

Address: 201 E Main Street PO Box 821

Home Phone: 507-964-5889

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Initial Term: January 2013

Term Expires: December 2020

Committees: Prairie Line Trails, Finance, Parks, Ambulance Dept., SMC Foundation, Finance, Public Buildings, Parks, Comm. Ed. 

Councilmember: Adam Cowell

Address: 307 West Chandler St. 

Home Phone: N/A

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Initial Term: January 2017

Term Expires: December 2020

Committees: Public Buildings, Utilities, Fire Dept., Cemetery, Comm. Ctr, Library

Councilmember-: Tom Hatlestad

Address: 101 West Shamrock Drive

Home Phone: 507-964-2773

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Initial Term: January 2017

Term Expires: December 2020

Committees: Cable Commission, Employee Relations Committee, Streets, Police, EDA 


COA_RossArnesonCity Attorney: Ross Arneson

Office Address: 302 West Main Street, PO Box 529

Phone: 507-964-5753

Email Ross