Russell William Axman (born October 15, 1931) is an American politician and current mayor of Dedham, Iowa. He has previously served as a math and electronics instructor in the United States Navy, and later as the manager of Axman Construction Company.
Axman was born and raised in Dedham, Iowa and is an alumnus of Carroll High School in Carroll, Iowa. Axman entered the Navy in 1952 and was a math and electronics instructor. After leaving the Navy in 1954, Axman worked for his father's construction company, William A. Axman Construction Company, where he later became manager.
After serving for years on the Dedham City Council, Russell was elected the 33rd mayor of Dedham, Iowa. He has since become the longest serving mayor in Dedham history with over 25 years in office.
Early life and education
Mayor of Dedham (1992-Present)
Russell was first elected as Mayor in 1991 and began serving his term in January of 1992. Many notable changes to the community have occurred during his tenure. In 1993, St. Joseph's Catholic School in Dedham was torn down. The school was a staple of the town for eighty years and was the last remaining school in Dedham, public or parochial.
In 2008, Dedham celebrated 125 years of being an incorporated community. The quasquicentennial was celebrated with a weekend-long gathering throughout the town. Russell declared the dates of June 27 and June 28, 2008 the official dates of the celebration. Towns from the surrounding areas came to Dedham to help celebrate.