The City Council in Peosta has set a special election to choose the community’s mayor.
The council last week set the election for Jan. 14.
The council initially opted to appoint a new mayor but changed course after over 130 residents signed a petition demanding an election.
Former mayor Larry Mescher quit in an email he sent Oct. 13 to council members after a contentious meeting. Two days later he asked the council to rescind his resignation but the members declined.