Council Member John Butler, Ward 2

Council Member John Butler

Council Member John Butler is serving his first term on the City Council, representing Ward 2.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business with a minor in Economic Analysis from Iowa State University, 1970. In 1992 he earned his CPA certificate after completing study at the University of Illinois. Between 1970 and 1992, he owned and managed grain elevators in central Illinois. With the CPA certificate, he worked in various industries including the scrap and recycling industry in Danville, IL, the commodity futures business as chief financial officer in Bloomington, IL, and for the past twenty-three years as a financial advisor in Bloomington, IL and Wheat Ridge, CO. He moved to Pella in March 2021.

John's current term expires December 31, 2027.


John is married to Mary Ellen, celebrating their 49th year in March 2024. They have two adult children and four grandchildren. John enjoys reading history, projects around the house, and travel.


Council Member Butler's goals for Pella include:

  • Reducing Pella's debt
  • Taking care of what we have - maintenance
  • Working with industry and individuals to increase housing options
  • Increasing public awareness of businesses not located on the square

Contact Information

Council Member Butler may be contacted via email John Butler.