Meet Our Mayor and Council

                 Chariton City Council  


The City of Chariton functions as a Council-Manager form of government. Under the council-manager form, authority is concentrated in the elected council, which hires a professional administrator (City Manager) to implement its policies.

The City Council is responsible for making policy, passing ordinances, voting appropriations, and having overall supervisory authority in the city government. In such a government, the Mayor acts as a member and presiding officer of the council. There are five (5) elected officials who serve staggered 4-year terms. In addition to hiring the City Manager, the City Council also hires the City Attorney who serves as the City’s primary legal adviser.

The City Council meets on the first and third Monday every month to conduct business in open public sessions. The Council meetings are held in the Chariton City Hall beginning at 5:00 p.m.  In addition, the Council periodically schedules Special Meetings to address specific issues; such meetings are noticed for public information. 

The City has a wide variety of Commissions, Committees, and Boards that are appointed by the City Council.


Mayor Jayma Hoch
Jayma Hoch  

Jayma Hoch is serving her second term on the Chariton City Council. She has worked at Lucas County Health Center for 21 years and is currently the Clinical/Disaster Services Manager. Hoch is a graduate of Mormon Trail Community School in Humeston. Jayma is a member of the Lucas County Emergency Planning Committee, Lucas County EMS Association, Service Area 1C Healthcare Emergency Response Coalition, Special Olympics of Iowa, Chariton Fire Department Auxiliary and Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street.

She and Steve Davis have 3 children, Miranda and husband Alex of rural Chariton, Meredith and fiancee Grant of Chariton and Tyson of Chariton. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, helping volunteer for community events, camping, golfing, spending time watching her nephews with sporting activities and working for Thelma at Cater 2 U. In May 2022 she will get to enjoy spending time with their first grandchild


Mayor Hoch can be reached by email at

Council Member Dave Kuball

Dave Kuball is servining his first term on Chariton City Council. His wife, Lana and Dave have called Chariton home for over 30 years. Dave is retired and enjoys spending time with their grandchildren and traveling.  

Dave can be reached by email at 


Council Member Steve Fenton 

 Steve Fenton


Steve was a member of the Chariton Volunteer Fire Department for 2o years-1975-1995.  Steve retired from the VA Medical after 30yrs working on medical equipment and supervising trade shops in engineering service.  Steve retired from the Iowa Army National Guard with 25 years of service in 2000, including Desert Storm in 1991.  He graduated from Russell Community High School in 1966 and attended Iowa State University.  He has lived in Chariton since 1971 and been involved with numerous community projects (Vision II, Weight Training Building, Football Field Locker room and Food stands).


Steve can be reached by email at


Council Member Jarrett McGee

Council Member Jayma Hoch

Jarrett McGee is in his first term as a Chariton City Council Member. Jarrett grew up in Chariton and is a graduate of Chariton High School.  He is a 2012 University of Northern Iowa graduate.  He spent several years working in Denver, Colorado and decided to bring his family back to his hometown.  Jarret is married to his wife Alicia and they have two sons, Felix and Milo.  

Jarret works at Johnson Machine Works as a Draftsman. He enjoys spending time with his family and being outside being active.  

Council Member McGee can be reached by email at


Council Member Gary Shutt 


Council Member Gary Shutt is serving his first term on the Chariton City Council.   

Mike can be reached by email at