(LINO LAKES) – After this month’s city and county elections, Lino Lakes City Council is set for a major makeover in 2020.
Council member Rob Rafferty will take over as mayor in the new year after his election victory, so his seat will officially become vacant when his resignation takes effect December 31, he announced at the November 12 city council meeting. Lino Lakes Mayor Jeff Reinert won a primary election and will square off against former Spring Lake Park Mayor Cindy Hansen.
Incumbents Michael Manthey and Melissa Maher both lost in the election, meaning new council members Michael Ruhland and Chris Lyden will join Dale Stoesz and Mayor-Elect Rafferty on the council in the new year.
The filing for the open council seat election will be December 3 – December 17, and the special election will occur the same day as the county commission special election, which is February 11. City leaders noted at the meeting that combining the two elections would save the City of Lino Lakes at least $10,000 by not having to staff two elections in a short amount of time this coming winter and spring.