Dayton Council appoints Anne Ziebell to vacant council seat

After interviewing three of the 8 candidates who applied for the vacant seat on the Dayton City Council, the three sitting council members and the mayor all selected Anne Ziebell as their top choice for the spot.


“She’s a class act all the way — really remarkable,” said City Administrator Samantha Orduno.

Orduno said the council couldn’t go wrong with any of their top three choices. In addition to Ziebell, the council interviewed Dennis Fisher, former Parks Commission member and Vince Johnson, current Planning Commission chair.

Orduno identified the council’s decision making process as value-based, community oriented and putting Dayton stakeholders as a priority.

“I was very impressed with the council and their reasoning,” said Orduno. “They called her the people’s choice.”

Ziebell received a great deal of support in the city with 1,150 votes in her bid for mayor in the November 2012 election. She was edged out by Tim McNeil who garnered 1,374 votes. Ziebell will now fill the council seat left vacant by McNeil’s election to mayor.

Ziebell has been on the Public Safety Commission since 2005, serving as chair since 2006. She also served a term on the council once before from 1997 to 2000. Ziebell is a program manager and paralegal.

In  her candidate statement published in the Champlin Dayton Press prior to the November election, Ziebell stated her three most important strategies to ensure Dayton’s future success included:

• Candid and collaborative communications

• Fiscal restraint with today’s spending as well as future borrowing

•Reforming any obstacles that limit Dayton’s competitiveness

Ziebell will formally take the oath of office just prior to the city council’s next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12. However, she is hitting the ground running by attending the League of Minnesota’s new council member training Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2. New Dayton Councilor Scott Salonek will also be attending the training. New Councilor Eric Lucero attended a previous training session.


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