Falcon Heights mayor picked for Met Council

Falcon Heights Mayor Peter Lindstrom has been tapped by Gov. Tim Walz for a seat on the Metropolitan Council.

News of the three-term mayor’s appointment came out Feb. 25, ahead of Walz’s March 4 deadline to appoint.

Per a Met Council announcement, Lindstrom will be sworn in as the District 10 council member at a special March 6 meeting, where members representing the 15 other council districts will also be made official.

Lindstrom did not comment on his Met Council appointment during the Falcon Heights City Council’s Feb. 27 meeting.

He’ll need to resign as mayor in order to take on the new position, according to the Met Council announcement on his appointment, “due to the incompatibility of office doctrine.”

Falcon Heights City Administrator Sack Thongvanh said he expects Lindstrom to submit a letter of resignation prior to his Met Council swearing-in.

Thongvanh said it’s likely the Falcon Heights council will accept the mayor’s resignation at its March 13 meeting; it’s not happening at the March 6 council workshop because council member Mark Miazga won’t be there.

With only 10 months left on Lindstrom’s mayoral term — the seat is up for election this fall — Thongvanh said he assumes the council will appoint a new mayor from within its ranks.

Depending on who takes the mayor’s seat and how much time remains on their term will influence how the council fills the resulting council vacancy.

Speaking after he’d been named a finalist for the Met Council but prior to appointment, Lindstrom said he’d worked closely with the body and thought he could use his experience in city government to help the council, which oversees and guides things like transit and development, in the seven-county metro area. In the event that he wasn’t appointed, Lindstrom had said he’d yet to make up his mind on another run for mayor.

Met Council District 10 covers northwestern Ramsey County and parts of Anoka County. Its cities include Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville and Shoreview, along with Blaine and Circle Pines, among others. 

Former District 10 council member Marie McCarthy, a Blaine resident and legislative assistant in the Minnesota Senate, was also a finalist for the seat, along with Angelica Klebsch, a former chair of the Mounds View Planning Commission and current policy director for Citizens League.

 

—Mike Munzenrider

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