Liz Weir appointed to succeed him
The Medina City Council Tuesday, April 16, regretfully accepted the resignation of Thomas Crosby Jr. from his position as Mayor of Medina, and then appointed City Councilor Elizabeth Weir to succeed him.
After moving up from Acting Mayor to Mayor, Weir recommended that the City Council appoint Planning Commissioner Kathleen Martin to the newly vacated City Council seat. Councilors followed her recommendation and chose Martin to fill Weir’s City Council seat until the end of December 2014.
Weir said she was recommending Martin because she has some of the skills and knowledge that Crosby brought to the City Council. Both Martin and Crosby are attorneys knowledgeable about real estate.
According to her resume, Martin has helped public entities, such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Minneapolis Community Development Agency, assemble large pieces of land for development projects. Much of her practice has been devoted to representing commercial clients in developing large multi-phased mixed use projects, including shopping centers, single and multi-family housing and retail establishments. She has served on the Medina Planning Commission since 2009.
After the City Council accepted Crosby’s resignation, Weir said, “We are very sad.”
In a brief letter, dated April 12 Crosby said, “I am hereby submitting my resignation as Mayor of the City of Medina. My health condition makes it not possible to continue in that position. I have every confidence that the City will continue to prosper and have very much enjoyed my years of service to the city.”
Early in March doctors diagnosed Crosby with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He is in a clinical trial that has included weekly chemotherapy sessions. Writing on his Caring Bridge website, family members have said that each time he has a chemotherapy session, it takes longer for him to recover.
As Medina’s new Mayor, Weir brings to the position eight years of City Council experience and seven years experience as a Planning Commissioner. She is a 31-year resident of Medina who has worked as a registered nurse and newspaper reporter. Recently she has spent much of her time as a City Councilor working on water quality issues related to Medina’s lakes and watershed districts.
After the City Council chose Weir to serve as mayor, she said, “I am honored.”