City plans special election as elected official won't serve

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa community will hold a special election to fill a City Council seat after the man who was elected to the position refused to serve.

The Eagle Grove City Council last week agreed to hold an election March 3 after Gary Lalor Jr. declined to take the position, according to the Fort Dodge Messenger.

Lalor filed to run for the seat but then missed a deadline to remove his name from the ballot after deciding he didn't want to join the council. Lalor's name was the only one listed on the ballot as running for the position.

Eagle Grove is a city of 3,400, about 20 miles northeast of Fort Dodge.