After serving the City of Grimes for four terms over the last 16 years, Mayor Tom Armstrong announced that he will not seek re-election when his term expires at the end of the year. Armstrong made the announcement in a press release on Tuesday.


“I have had the honor of serving as Grimes’s Mayor for many years,” Armstrong said in the press release. “During that time I am proud to say that the community has accomplished all of the goals that I had when I first ran for office, and many more that I did not envision at the time. I feel confident that I am leaving the office in a place that will enable an already wonderful community to continue forward with a bright future.”


The population in Grimes was 5,513 when Armstrong was elected in 2003, but has climbed to an estimated 11,909 in 2016, according to information from the United States Census Bureau. The press release states that under Armstrong’s leadership, the city’s total valuation has risen from around $150 million then to over $500 million now.


Armstrong saw the uprising of housing developments such as Kennybrook Estates, Meadowlark South, Glenstone, Heritage at Grimes and more, while seeing many commercial developments as well, such as Destination Ridge, Princeton Business Park, Crossroads Business Park, Legacy Park and more.


Other boards that Armstrong has served on over the years include Catch Des Moines, Mid-Iowa Association of Local Governments, for which he was the chair in 2007, Metro Advisory Committee, Bravo Greater Des Moines, and he is currently the chair of the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization.