Decorah’s Ben Wyatt is stepping down from the Winneshiek Medical Center Board.
Wyatt, retired Decorah Police chief, has served on the Board for the past 14 years, eight of those as Board chair.
“It’s been a great experience being on the Board. It’s given me a chance to give back to the community that treated me extremely well when I worked for them,” said Wyatt.
Before joining the WMC Board, Wyatt served for six years on the Northeast Iowa Mental Health Board.
“It’s time to let someone else do it,” said Wyatt.
Wyatt credited former Chief Administrative Officer Alan Atkinson for laying the cornerstone for WMC’s growth.
“The hospital has grown a tremendous amount. There have been some contentious times, but the community can be proud of what’s happening here,” said Wyatt.

Other candidates
Other candidates whose terms are expiring this fall include Clark Goltz and Board President Rick Burras.
Goltz of Ossian announced his intentions to run for a second term.
As a member of the Ossian Crown Club, Goltz recently helped spearhead the opening of a new WMC clinic in Ossian.
“I am excited about running again. Without critical healthcare, we can’t have strong communities,” he said.
Burras, who has served as Board Chair since 2013, said he has not yet decided whether or not he will seek reelection.

To file
Nomination papers can be picked up at the Winneshiek County Courthouse or accessed at the Iowa Secretary of State’s website, sos.iowa.gov after Aug. 4.
WMC Board member serve six year terms.