Waukee City Councilman, Rick Peterson, submitted his resignation at the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3 in Waukee, according to a news release. His resignation will be effective Thursday, Jan. 4.

The release stated that Peterson accepted a job at Iowa Economic Development Authority and submitted his resignation to avoid any conflicts of interest.

“It has been an incredible honor and privilege to serve the residents of Waukee during this time of unprecedented growth for our city,” Peterson said. “I look forward to this next chapter in my professional life, as well as finding other ways to serve my community.”

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) was founded in 2011 and its mission is to “strengthen economic and community vitality by building partnerships and leveraging resources to make Iowa the choice for people and business,” according to www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com.

Peterson, who has live in Waukee for seven years, first took office back in January of 2014 and was serving as Mayor Pro Tem at the time of his resignation.

The Waukee City Council will begin the search for its next council member at a special meeting planned for Wednesday, Jan. 11. They will lay out a plan of action for filling Peterson’s seat and Mayor Bill Peard will appoint a new Mayor Pro Tem.

“I am so proud to have been able to serve alongside Rick,” Peard said. “He has been a very conscientious Council Member who has shown the passion he has for Waukee through all of his actions.”

This marks the second time in under a year that a Waukee City Councilman has submitted their resignation. Councilman Shane Blanchard announced his resignation on Facebook on May 24, 2016.

Following Blanchard’s resignation in May, Peard and the City Council chose to appoint a new member instead of holding a special election. Councilwoman Anna Bergman filled Blanchard’s seat and currently sits on the council.