Paul Gandy has been a Fairfield resident since 1984, and a local small business owner since soon after he arrived. While not born in Iowa, you will hear him say he chose Iowa and “got here as fast as he could”. Paul graduated from high school in Texas, earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and returned to Texas for his law degree from the University of Texas. He has practiced law in Fairfield for over 26 years, primarily advocating for debt relief for individuals, families, and small businesses in financial distress. In addition, Paul practices in other areas of consumer protection law, including personal injury, as well as undertaking civil rights and commercial litigation. One of Paul’s most meaningful life experiences was earning Eagle Scout honors when he was 15 years old. As a child, Paul moved frequently all over the country while his father served for 29 years in the United States Air Force.
Paul serves currently as a member of the Jefferson County Magistrate Nominating Commission and as a member of District 8A Judicial Nominating Commission. He has participated in the interview and selection process for county magistrate and district associate judge positions. In that setting, working with city and county leaders in making decisions, which affect our whole community, is very important, and Paul finds it personally fulfilling. Paul believes that as a city council member these same skills are valuable in continuing to build on the effective public-private partnership that helps make Fairfield a great place to live, work, visit—and truly ‘one of America’s best small towns’.
Paul completed recently the Iowa League of Cities Municipal Leadership Academy. He enjoys cheering for America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, and following his nephew’s college baseball career, as well as his niece’s women’s rights advocacy work in Washington D.C. Paul is a member of the United Methodist Church in Fairfield. It’s an honor for him to serve his ward and his city.