Champlin City Council Member Julia Whalen plans to resign from her position as Ward 1 representative on the council effective Sept. 12.
Whalen submitted a letter of resignation to the city prior to the Monday, Aug. 13 council meeting. The council will formally accept her letter of resignation at the Aug. 23 council meeting.
In reflecting on her time on the council, Whalen salutes the Champlin city staff.
“With their help, the city has weathered growth, economic issues, equipment and technology changes, budget constraints and a general upswing in demand for quality service,” she said. “They have risen to the challenge.”
Whalen has served on the council for more than 17 years since first inaugurated into office in January 1995. She has also currently served as acting mayor, vice president of the Economic Development Authority, delegate to the Metro Cities and representative on the Transportation Advisory Board.
Her decision to resign is due to purchasing a hobby farm in Dayton where she plans to relocate along with her horses. While she is looking forward to living on the same property where she keeps her horses, Whalen has positive things to say the Champlin residents she will be leaving.
“My thanks to them for letting me represent Ward 1 for the past 18 years,” she said. “It has been a great learning experience with the city doubling in size since I was first elected. With growth comes challenges and I feel the city council and staff have done well balancing planned growth with a manageable budget.”
Whalen says there are exciting times ahead for Champlin with the Mississippi Crossing area gaining momentum.
“This gateway to Champlin promises to be both appealing and a great benefit to the residents with promising housing, retail, events and access to the riverfront,” she said.
In light of Whalen’s pending resignation, the Champlin City Council is currently accepting applications from interested residents living in Ward 1 to serve out the remainder of her term ending Dec. 31, 2014. Ward 1 includes residents in the northern portion of the city.
“I enourage residents to get involved and stay involved,” said Whalen. “If you have ever caught yourself saying, ‘Someone ought to do something about that,’ consider that maybe it should be you.”
The city has outlined a tentative timeline for the steps required to fill Whalen’s seat. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 31, although the council reserves the right to extend the date. Interviews are expected to be conducted Thursday, Sept. 6 beginning at 6 p.m. with a secondary interview night of Tuesday, Sept. 4 if needed based on number of applications received.
The council anticipates making their final appointment at the Monday, Sept. 10 regular council meeting. The appointee would then take the oath of office Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. during the regular council meeting, at which time; the appointee’s service would begin.
Applications are available by calling Champlin City Hall at 763-241-8100 and requesting an application to be mailed. They are also available for pick-up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. online at www.ci.champlin.mn.us.