I am the most experienced member of the City Council for one of the fastest growing cities in Wright County. I am dedicated to serving our residents to make Otsego the best community to raise our families, play and work.
Mayor of Otsego (2008-current)
City Council Liaison:
City Council Administrative Subcommittee Member (2008-current)
Albertville-Otsego Fire Service Committee (2018-current)
Active member Wright County Mayors Association (2008-current)
ISD 728 Strategic Planning Committee & various Vision Groups
MNDoT Region 7W Transportation Planning Committee (2018-current)
MNDoT Mississippi River Crossing Planning Committee (2020)
Minnesota Recreation & Park Association Board & Commission Award (2019)
As Mayor, the safety of our community is my #1 priority.
Otsego continues to add new homes with options for first-time buyers to larger homes for growing families to senior living at Guardian Angels Riverview Landing.
Otsego has continued to focus on being a welcoming community for all to call home. We find that Otsego often has multi family connections living all within our boundaries. We have continued to be one of the fastest growing communities in our area for years. Otsego has lots of single family housing options for first time households to growing families. Guardian Angels opened Riverview Landing in 2018 to meet the needs of seniors in our community. As Mayor, I will continue to promote single family neighborhoods as the main type of housing in Otsego as a community for families, along with options for both younger people and our seniors.
During my time as Mayor more than 30+ large and small businesses have come to Otsego.
I continue to strive to bring high quality business in to the City. We need to continue to support businesses for our residents to make a living right here. Having additional retail, commercial and industrial businesses will help to offset the tax burden to us homeowners.
I first became involved in the City through parks and recreation when we moved to Otsego in 2001. This is an area of our City near and dear to me first as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner and as the City Council liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission since I was elected as a council member.
Soon after I joined the Parks and Recreation as a Commissioner I lead the effort to create the Easter Egg Hunt, Pumpkin Patch and Santa Day events. Since these type of activities were Otsego’s first “free events” to residents it took a lot of effort on the commission’s part to run them as cost effective as possible. I am happy to see these events are still offered for our residents to participate in and are still free as they do so much for us as a community. As Mayor, I promoted establishment of a Parks and Recreation Department in 2012 and the hiring of City staff to expand recreation programing opportunities to better serve the interests of residents. The City staff and the Parks and Recreation Commission continue to bring opportunities for our residents to remain active in our hometown.
I have been involved in (as a commissioner, council member and Mayor) in the building of 14 neighborhood parks in Otsego along with the major improvements at Prairie Park. Otsego today has more than 75 miles of trail connections and loops for residents to enjoy. I brought forward the City’s successful application for a Safe Routes to School Grant in 2013 to improve access to Otsego Elementary School adjacent to County Road 42 and advocated for an off-street trail to be built along County Road 38 between County Road 19 and Highway 101 which extends over five miles between the east and west areas of Otsego connecting them. The City has adopted the Parks Master Plan which lays out what our next steps of development for our parks system and green space for future years to come. A main goal of the Parks Master Plan is increasing access to the Mississippi River and Crow River as natural amenities for residents to enjoy.
Otsego continues to undertake City street construction and to be a partner with the State, County and neighboring cities on joint projects to complete important infrastructure and connections as cost effectively as possible.
The City worked with ISD 728 to identify land for what has become Prairie View Elementary and the future home of the new Otsego Middle School opening in Fall 2022. As a member of the ISD Strategic Planning Committee, I worked with school district officials and other Otsego community members to guide the development of Prairie View Elementary & Middle School and planning for future schools in Otsego. The City is also actively engaged with officials from STMA school district to be sure that when development in Otsego occurs within portions of the City within STMA, the District can plan for future facilities.
Actively seeking and supporting new businesses to bring services, jobs and reduce property taxes on homeowners
Focus new residential construction on high quality single family neighborhoods
Be conservative in expanding City services to maintain a low local tax rate
Plan for construction and opening of an Otsego Fire Station
Continue to monitor the number of patrol hours with the Wright County Sheriff and add more hours as needed to prevent crime and keep our community safe
Coordinate with ISD 728 and STMA School Districts on locations for new schools in Otsego