Osseo City Council Appoints New Member After Resignation
The Osseo City Council has appointed a new council member to fill a vacant seat.
Ashlee Mueller, who chairs the city’s planning commission, will take the seat vacated by Harold Johnson.
Johnson resigned earlier this month following a disagreement over the city’s 150th anniversary celebration planning process.
According to city staff, the city received four letters of interest for the vacant position. Besides Mueller, Mark Cook, James Kelly and Kathleen Gette also applied, officials said. The Osseo City Council was unanimous in its support of Mueller, citing her experience serving on commissions and multiple committees.
“I know I would rather see someone voted into one of these chairs. I think that makes a little more sense. But given the amount of time we have and the remainder of the term, it does make sense to do it this way,” said Osseo City Council Member Alicia Vickerman. “Everyone who gave us a letter brings their own unique set of skills and qualifications.”
“I appreciated everybody putting themselves out there,” added Osseo City Council Member Mark Schulz. “It’s not an easy process to go through, it really isn’t”
Council member Juliana Hultstrom also pointed out the demands of the job.
“This job is not easy,” said Hultstrom. “Anybody that thinks this job is easy and that we just show up on a Monday night and that’s all there is to it, that’s not the way it goes.”
Mueller will fill the remainder of Johnson’s term, which expires at the end of next year.