EG building official resigns

EAGLE GROVE — A zoning administrator and building official for the city of Eagle Grove has resigned after less than six months on the job.

The Eagle Grove City Council accepted Chris van Jaarsveld’s resignation at its meeting Monday night.

Mayor Sandy McGrath said he was a great addition to the city staff.

She said he did not provide a reason for his decision.

“I think he wants to get back into the urban area,” she said. “He did a wonderful job while he was here. He is a great kid.”

She added, “I think he’s looking for other opportunities. We will definitely miss him.”

Van Jaarsveld, an Eagle Grove native, is a graduate of Iowa State University in Ames. He double-majored in civil engineering and design.

He was hired by the city in June to help enforce nuisance laws among other responsibilities. He was paid at an hourly rate of $19.50.

He held two positions — one as building official and the other as zoning officer.

His duties included handling building permit requests, working with the Board of Adjustment and Zoning Commission.

Van Jaarsveld also assisted the Eagle Grove Police Department with code enforcement.

His last day is Friday.