Warren Woods
Biography
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Warren and his wife Judy have been married for over 48 years and have 2 grown children, Wendy Willets, spouse Chad, and Jeff Woods, spouse Nick Miller, and 2 grandchildren, Lauren and Olivia Willets, all of whom reside in the Des Moines area.  Judy is a retired Iowa educator and taught in Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa for over 28 years and was a secondary principal for 3 years. 

Warren was born in Lincoln Nebraska, and was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln.  Warren graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School in Lincoln, Nebraska where he lettered in football, basketball and track.  He was active in 4-H and was also involved in vocal and instrumental music and journalism.  He graduated in 1958.  He enrolled at Nebraska Wesleyan University where he lettered in track and cross-country and was also involved in band, choir, musicals, Theta Chi Fraternity and other activities.  His major at this point was music education.

He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1961 and attended Navy Flight training at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida.

Upon re-entering civilian life Warren returned to college and switched major studies from Music to Political Science.  After college, he spent one year working for the USDA Forest Service and then entered the retail field with JC Penney Co.  He spent 25 years in retail management with JC Penney and Pamida in various locations in Colorado, Nebraska and Iowa and as manager of Sernett Department Store in Creston, Iowa.  He is a 40 year Iowa resident and has resided in Creston for the past 33 years.

Warren has worked in marketing and customer service for Gits Manufacturing Co. in Creston.  The marketing duties included 12 years of extensive travel to industrial development sites both in the United States and several foreign countries.  He developed advertising for Gits including trade magazines and the internet plus he developed catalogs, brochures, and Gits Manufacturing Company’s original web site.  Warren retired from Gits in 2003.

Warren is active in his community. He is currently Mayor of Creston, Iowa, serves on the Creston Historic Preservation Commission, the Creston Arts Council, formerly served on the Creston Library Board and  has served on the Board of Directors for the Creston Chamber of Commerce and chaired the Creston Chamber Retail Committee.  He is a former director of the Creston Community Chorus, Salem Lutheran Church Choir and is a  former president of Salem Lutheran Church.

Warren is a former city councilman in Creston where he served on the finance committee and was the library liaison. He is also a former city councilman and finance committee chairman in Independence Iowa.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Buchanan County Historical Society and served as president of the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is a former Elk, Lion and Rotary club member.

Warren has been recognized by his peers as a knowledgeable leader.  He is currently serving as President of the Iowa League of Cities having been elected at the 2014 annual conference in Council Bluffs. 

Warren currently has three websites that he developed and continues to monitor and upgrade.  http://www.crestoniowa.gov, http://www.salemluth.net, and http://www.warrenwoods.com.

 To contact Warren:

Warren Woods             cell 641-202-2285 

Home 641-782-6088                                               

1106 E. Townline         E-mail warren@warrenwoods.com or wwoods@mchsi.com

Creston, IA  50801