The Waukee City Council has officially made an appointment to fill the vacancy that was left by former councilman, Rick Peterson, who submitted his resignation at the regular council meeting on Jan. 3 to take a new job with the Iowa Economic Development Authority and avoid any conflicts of interest.


The vote from the council was unanimous at Monday’s Special Meeting to appoint Charlie Bottenberg as the newest city councilman.


Bottenberg’s appointment comes during the last year of Peterson’s term and during an election year where he planned to run for the Waukee City Council anyways.


“I want to serve because I want to give back to this community like it has given to me,” Bottenberg said in a press release from the City of Waukee. “Waukee is a fantastic place to live, to work and to raise a family. I look forward to adding my thoughts and perspectives to a Council that has already done so much for our City.”


Bottenberg has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology from Drake University, an MBA from Iowa State and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Drake Law School and has lived in Waukee with his wife and three children for more than a decade.


He operates Masterson and Bottenberg, LLP, a law firm in Waukee with Jeremy Masterson and has also served as a Board Chair of the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce and on several non-profit boards in the Waukee area.


Following his appointment on Monday, he will be sworn in at the next regular city council meeting on Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Waukee City Hall. His term will end on Dec. 31, 2017.