Applicants sought for TRF council member at large

by April Scheinoha

    The Thief River Falls City Council seeks candidates for the vacant position of council member at large. At its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 2, the council authorized filling the vacancy.
    Ken Schmalz, who served in the position, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 22 at his Thief River Falls home. The council held a moment of silence in his memory at the meeting.
    City Attorney Delray Sparby said the city is required to fill the position now even though Schmalz’s term would have expired Dec. 31. The appointed individual would serve the remainder of the term. Council members at large may live in any part of the city.
    Applications feature the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in serving as a council member?
    • What strengths or talents would you bring to the council?
    • What are the three highest priorities and/or issues you believe the city needs to address? How would you propose to address these issues?
    • What do you wish to accomplish during your appointment?
    • What is your vision for the city?
    • Is there anything else that you may wish to add that would help the council get to know you a little better?
    Applications are available at or at City Hall. Applications will be accepted until 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. The council will interview applicants Tuesday, March 1, starting at 7 a.m. at City Hall. The council is tentatively scheduled to make its appointment at the council meeting that day at 5:30 p.m.
    Schmalz was also serving as vice mayor at the time of his death. During the council meeting, council members appointed Council Member Jerald Brown to serve as vice mayor in the absence of Mayor Brian Holmer during 2016.