By Order of Mayor Philip Macumber:
CITY OFFICES ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC.
You can drop your payment off in the drop-off box, pay online or call and pay by credit or debit card.
Building Inspections – call to make an appointment: 515-462-1422
Park & Recreation – register online, use drop box or call: 515-462-3258
Deliveries – use back door on upper level
Call City Hall with any other questions: 515-462-1422
City Hall will reopen as soon we can. Thank you for your patience.
All City Departments
Park & Recreation
2020 Winterset City Guide
Winterset is the county seat of Madison County.
Our office at 124 W. Court Ave. is located in the city’s restored Carnegie Library building.
The most recent census shows our population to be 5,190. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, we’re glad you visited our page! Stop by frequently for the latest news and information, and follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for announcements.
The Winterset City Hall is the home base for many of the city services: Municipal Utilities, which handles water and electric, Park & Recreation, Code Enforcement, Building Inspections, and Administrative Services, which handles the daily operations of the city. And, of course, City Hall is the information hub for just about any other question you may need to know about the city of Winterset. The friendly, knowledgeable staff here welcome the opportunity to assist you!
Online payments are now available! Check the Winterset Municipal Utilities page for more information.
Phil Macumber, Mayor
I want to welcome you to Winterset. I have recently been elected as your Mayor after serving the last fourteen years on your city council. You should know that I am a 5th generation Madison County resident. My great-great grandfather John Macumber homesteaded southwest of Winterset in 1853. Since then, my ancestors have been involved in Madison County and Winterset activities. I have continuously lived in this area except for stints at Iowa State University and serving in the US Army. My wife Shirley and I have lived on West Court Avenue for the last sixteen years. I am retired from the US Army, serving thirty-two years total and twenty-four years active duty. Both my sons, Kirk and Greg and their families live in Winterset and my daughter Janice Hutchison and her family live just outside the city on the Cumming Highway. My step-children, Brad Tyer and Karna Jakobs, also live in Winterset with their families.
I believe Winterset is and will continue to be a vibrant community. The 2020 census should put our population at or near the 6,000 mark. Quite a change from the sleepy 3,000 or so when I graduated from high school here in 1967. I believe that our city government is charged with oversight of the growth of Winterset. We are going to grow, we have no choice, since West Des Moines is expanding toward us. While we grow, we must strive to maintain our historic significance while welcoming new businesses and citizens to our community. As your Mayor, I look forward to being a factor in the growth and success of our city.
Kelley Brown, City Administrator
Welcome to Winterset! Winterset is such a beautiful place to live, work and play. Time flies! This is now my second year as your City Administrator, and I am both honored and humbled to be able to continue to call Winterset my home. There are so many amazing things to see and do here. Of course, you know the infamous John Wayne was born here and there is a museum in his honor. The bridges of Madison County were already famous but were made even more so after the movie The Bridges of Madison County was filmed here. Beautiful parks, camp grounds, Clark Tower, covered bridges, aquatic center, amazing library, George Washington Carver Memorial Park, neighborhood parks, Jurgenson Bridge on Cedar Lake, the beautiful historic Downtown Courthouse Square that was recently put in the National Register of Historic Places, all of the genuine, beautiful and unique businesses along the square and throughout the City and that’s not all! There’s so much more to see and experience! No matter where you go and what you do here you will experience a true sense of pride and community. The good ole traditional American values aren’t lost! Family, tradition and preserving our history are so important to us. Whether you are here to visit for a short time or you are here to live, work, or both, please take the time to see the beauty around you and experience all that Winterset has to offer and to see why we are all so very proud to call Winterset our home! My office is located in City Hall and my door is always open. Feel free to strop by, call or email me if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to introduce yourself and say hello.