Ryan Arndorfer Ryan Arndorfer
Ryan is a Britt native and a 2001 graduate of West Hancock High School. He was elected Mayor in November 2015. Arndorfer received his bachelor of fine arts from the University of Northern Iowa and a master of arts in international marketing from Boston University.

Ryan is the Business Manager for Pritchard Auto and serves on several community boards including Hancock County Economic Development and the Britt Hobo Days Association.

Ryan’s current term as mayor will expire in December of 2023.


Curt Gast Curt Gast
Council Person/Mayor Pro-Tem
Curt is a lifelong resident of Britt and a 1980 graduate of Britt Community Schools. He is married with four children and eight grandchildren. Curt is employed as the Facility Director for the Hancock County Health System. Curt is a former board member and current member of the Britt Chamber of Commerce. He regards Britt as a small town with friendly people whose history is proudly on display in a variety of local museums.

Curt, first elected to the council in November 2007, is currently serving a term that expires in 2023.
Abby Post
Council Person
Abby’s current term on the council will expire in 2023.
Stacy Swenson Stacy Swenson
Council Person
After moving from the Minneapolis suburbs, Stacy embraced her home of Britt and began her service on the council in November 2017. She is employed as a customer service representative with Central Financial Group out of the Britt and Kanawha offices. She also serves on the HCLC (Hancock County Learning Center) board. She describes Britt as having a small-town feel with big opportunities and a proud community that is quick to rally support. “I want to help Britt be a thriving and prosperous community that my children are proud to call home.”

Stacy’s current term on the council will expire in 2023.

Karrie Wallen Karrie Wallen
Council Person
Karrie was born and raised in Britt, graduating in 1980. She left only to return home again in 2017, impressed by the City of Britt’s “perseverance to survive, thrive, and grow.” Karrie worked as a high school math teacher and served as the Teachers Union Representative. Currently, Karrie is employed at Target in Mason City. 

She was first appointed to the council in June 2019 and then was elected to her office in November 2019.

Karrie’s current term on the council will expire in 2023.

Ashley Weiss
Council Person
Ashley Weiss is a North Iowa transplant who has called Britt home since 2019.

She grew up in southern Minnesota and attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she earned a  bachelor’s degree in Communications and Journalism. During her near decade in journalism, she worked for the Owatonna People’s Press in Owatonna, Minnesota, and then, the Globe Gazette in Mason City, Iowa.

Ashley fell in love with the Britt community while covering it as a newspaper reporter for the Globe Gazette under her maiden name Ashley Stewart. She currently works for the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.

Ashley’s current term on the council will expire in 2025.