Mayor & Council

Rick Amrhein, Joe Morgan, Tom Hatlestad, City Attorney Ross Arneson
City Admin. Amy Newsom, Mayor Rich Nagel, Laura Gilman

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 2018 City Council Goals


2020 Arlington City Council

Meet the Council Members


Richard Nagel 

Address: 311 E. Clinton Street PO Box 206 

Initial Term: January 2015 

Term Expires: December 2022

Committees: All

Council Member


Address: 213 E. Main St.

Home Phone: 612-618-9092

Initial Term: January 2015 – appointed August 2019 to fill term of Jim Heiland

Term Expires: December 2022

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



IMG_8540_ppCouncil Member &

Vice Mayor

Michelle Battcher

Address: 511 Freedom Dr.

Home Phone: 507-995-5090

Initial Term: January 2015

Term Expires: December 2022

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

Council Member

Joe Morgan

Initial Term: appointed January 2021 to fill term of Laura Gilman

Term Expires: December 2022

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

Council Member

Rick Amrhein

Committees: Public Buildings, Streets, Cemetery, & Parks Committee



Council Member

Matthew Scharpe




COA_RossArnesonCity Attorney

Ross Arneson

Office Address: 302 West Main Street, PO Box 529

Phone: 507-964-5753

Email Ross