Mayor and Council

Craig Berry, Mayor

Mayor since 2008
Council Member from 1985 until 2004

Craig Berry, a graduate of the Jefferson School System and Central College, has lived all of his Life in Jefferson and works for the Iowa DOT.  He is divorced and has two children.

A message from Craig:
Jefferson is a Community that exemplifies the meaning of Midwest living.  We are a progressive community of citizens who show a genuine concern about Life and the values of it for our present and future generations.

We are Jefferson!!


Harry Ahrenholtz

Council Member since 2014
Third Ward Seat

Harry grew up in southwest Iowa (Shelby County) and graduated high school from Irwin-Kirkman High School. After graduation from Iowa State University with a degree in agriculture, career moves took him to Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and in 2001 back to Iowa. The Iowa move brought him to Jefferson. He then served as executive vice-president agronomy at West Central Cooperative for nearly 10 years. Currently Harry is active as Chairman of Agriculture’s Clean Water Alliance, President of Heart of Iowa Habitat for Humanity, Chairman of Trustees First United Methodist Church, leads ag related consulting projects, as well as his city councilperson responsibilities. Harry resides in Jefferson with his wife of over 40 years, Carol. They have 3 grown sons, their wives, and 7 grandchildren, all of whom provide significant pride and joy.

A message from Harry:
Jefferson is as much one big neighborhood as it is an Iowa town. It is populated with an abundance of friendly, caring individuals who work hard for their families as well as dedicate countless volunteer hours to benefit the overall current and future community. I left Iowa immediately after college to pursue a career that ironically led me back to Iowa and Jefferson after many years outside the state. Jefferson felt like home at my initial arrival. Now, Jefferson is home.

David Sloan

Council Member since 2016
At-Large Seat

Dave graduated from Jefferson High School in 1979. Dave is Co-Owner of Central Iowa Memorials. Dave has lived in Jefferson nearly his entire life. Dave is married to Alicia.

Message from Dave:
I’ve been interested in City government for several years. I decided now is the time for me to step up and be a councilman. It’s an exciting and fun time to be a resident of the City of Jefferson with all that is happening and I want to be a part of that.

Matt Wetrich

Council Member since 2018
Second Ward Seat

Matt Gordon

Council Member since 2018
At-Large Seat

Matt Gordon, is a graduate of Jefferson-Scranton and DMACC. He was born and raised in Jefferson. Matt is married to Meghan and has four children.

Jefferson is is a wonderful town to raise a family in. I am pleased with the opportunity to serve on the council.

Darren Jackson

Council Member since 2019