Mike Kots takes the oath of office to begin representing Ward 1 during Monday’s Carroll City Council meeting. Kots was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Adam Schweers was elected mayor.
Mike Kots takes the oath of office to begin representing Ward 1 during Monday’s Carroll City Council meeting. Kots was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Adam Schweers was elected mayor.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A former longtime Army National Guardsman who served in Afghanistan Monday earned an appointment to the Carroll City Council.

Mike Kots, 43, 1629 Oakwood Drive, will fill the 1st Ward seat vacated by Mayor Adam Schweers who formerly held that position.

The council voted unanimously to appoint Kots in lieu of a special election. City Clerk Laura Schaefer handled the swearing-in of Kots, who was immediately seated and moments later cast votes on the consent agenda and other council matters.

“My biggest thing is I’ve always been in a position of leadership for about the last 15 years,” Kots said in an interview after Monday’s council meeting. “I’ve always been part of making decisions on things. I really like being in the mix of things.”

Kots said the council is a great opportunity for service and he doesn’t come to the job with a hard-and-fast agenda.

A Le Mars native, Kots is a graduate of Grantham University in Kansas City, Mo., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is now an electrical apprentice with Pat’s Electric, 20083 270th St.

Kots and his wife, Marchelle, have two boys: Matthew, 18, a senior at Carroll High School and new member of the National Guard; and Matthan, 13, a seventh-grader at Carroll Middle School.

Kots joined the National Guard as a high school junior in 1985 and served as the training non-commissioned officer and readiness NCO in Carroll. He was deployed in 2004-2005 with the Carroll Guard Unit for a year in Afghanistan.

He retired from the Guard as a master sergeant.

Kots and his family moved to the Carroll area in 1995 and have lived in the city for the last four years. His family attends Pleasant Ridge Community Church south of Glidden.

The council appointment lasts through the November election at which point Kots, according to state law, would have to stand for election on the same ballot with the presidential race. After that, he would fill out Schweers’ term, which ends Dec. 31, 2013. Kots plans to run in November for the office.

Citizens who want to challenge the appointment have 14 days to petition for a special election after Kots’ appointment is official.

Carroll County Auditor Joan Schettler said a special election likely would cost $1,500 to $2,000 as it is only in one ward.