Welcome to Centerville, Iowa!

Mayor's Welcome:

We welcome you to our Centerville community, a town rich in history going back to the coal mining and railroad days.  Come and stroll around our very large and active downtown square that surrounds our Appanoose County Courthouse, a truly classic example of Southern Iowa county seat town structure.  We pride ourselves that we have a dedicated group of people that work to preserve our historic buildings and downtown district.  Just recently, Centerville has been focusing on our Drake Public Library in a historic building named for Centerville native, former Governor Francis M. Drake.

Centerville has a great industrial base and features the Appanoose County Railroad which serves our local industries.  In a time, when a U.S. News and World Report has ranked Iowa as the number one state in the nation in their Best States Ranking, Centerville shines as a gentle small-town community with a good public-school system and a community college along with recreational opportunities, including a centrally located park with a newly remodeled public swimming pool featuring water slides, a low and a high diving board, and a zero-entry access into the pool. 

Just a very few minute’s drive away is beautiful Rathbun Lake, an 11,000-acre U.S. Army Corp of Engineer lake with the state-owned Honey Creek Resort and an 18-hole championship golf course with 2 PGA professionals on staff.  At the lake, recreational opportunities abound for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and hiking trails to explore. 

Centerville has a Mayor/Council form of government with a City Administrator. 

I invite you to stop in either at the City Hall, Chamber of Commerce Office, or Mainstreet Office so that we may answer any questions you may have about our community of Centerville, a town we fondly refer to as “America’s Hometown.”


Mike O’Connor


City of Centerville, Iowa Mission Statement
The Centerville City Government will provide the leadership to unite all who share a vested interest in the excellence of our community. By learning from our history, preserving our heritage, and addressing the needs of an ever-changing lifestyle, our efforts are to enhance the total community.