Pubdate: Tue, 11 Jul 2000
Source: Des Moines Register (IA)
Copyright: 2000, The Des Moines Register.
Author: Jason Clayworth


He Quit Over The Allegation He Bought Marijuana From An Undercover Officer.

George Jacobs' seven-month tenure as Hawarden mayor ended Monday after his
arrest last week over allegations that he bought marijuana from an
undercover law officer.

"I believe it is in the best interest of Hawarden that I resign from the
office," Jacobs wrote in a press release Monday.

"I want to sincerely apologize to . . . the City Council and to the citizens
of Hawarden for any embarrassment that this situation has caused."

Authorities said Jacobs, 47, was arrested for possession of a controlled
substance after buying marijuana Thursday during a Sioux County sheriff's
office undercover drug operation.

"It's just a real surprise," Hawarden City Clerk Craig Coffey said.

Resident Merry Landenberger disagreed. She said rumors were widespread in
the town of about 2,500 people about the mayor's possible involvement with

"It's like any small community, you hear things," Landenberger said.

Sheriff Jim Schwiesow said Jacobs had never been arrested on drug charges
before this.

Landenberger said Jacobs' resignation was appropriate.

"It's super," Landenberger said. "Our kids look up to the mayor, and if he's
buying drugs? No, that's just not OK."

Jacobs could not be reached at home or at Central Catering, a business he
owns in Hawarden.

Coffey said Mike Kallsen will fill Jacobs' position until November, when
residents will elect a new mayor.

Coffey said officials do not want the incident to cast a shadow on the
town's good reputation.

"Other than this, he's done a pretty good job," Coffey said.

An arraignment date for Jacobs has not been set. He was released on his
promise to appear at court proceedings.
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