City Council

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Meet Your Council Members

Mayor Tom Stiehm was elected in 2006 as mayor of Austin.  He served two 2-year terms and is now serving his second 4-year term, upon the City Charter amendment in 2010 amending the mayoral terms.  His current term expires in December 2020.

As mayor, Tom Stiehm sits on the Law Enforcement Center Committee and is active with Vision 2020.  He is also a director on the Mower County Senior Center Board.

Mayor Stiehm spent his career in law enforcement.  He began with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, and in 1976 he became a police officer for the City of Austin.  He was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 1989 and was assigned to the Southeastern Minnesota Drug Task Force in 1990.  He retired in 2006.

A Minnesota native, Mayor Stiehm and his family moved to Milwaukee when he was three.  After graduating from high school in 1970, he served our country for three years in the Marine Corps.  He was stationed in California, Okinawa and Quantico, Virginia.  While in Okinawa, he was on a Westpac Battalion Landing Team that was in Vietnam for their elections in 1971.

Mayor Stiehm is married to Sarah.  They have three children and six grandchildren.  In their spare time, he and his wife enjoy motorcycling and camping.

To contact Mayor:

Mayor Tom Stiehm
City of Austin
500 Fourth Avenue NE
Austin, MN 55912-3773
Phone:(507) 437-9965

Janet Anderson

Council Member At-Large Janet Anderson was elected to the City Council in the fall of 2008.  She served three 2-year terms and is currently serving her fourth term as council member at-large which is now a four-year position.  Her current term expires in December 2018.  As council member at-large, Janet Anderson serves the entire city.  Council Member At Large Janet Anderson serves on several boards including the Housing & Redevelopment Authority Board, the Sustainability Taskforce, the Library Board, and the Blazing Star Joint Powers Board.  Prior to be elected to the city council, Council Member At-Large Anderson served on the City Planning Commission from 1992 through 2005 and then the Human Rights Commission from 2006 through 2008.

Council Member At-Large Janet Anderson retired in 2016 as the promotion coordinator at KAAL TV/ABC 6 News.  She is and co-owner of Words Unlimited, a Creative Services company.  She currently works part-time as administrative assistant for APAC (Austin Positive Action Coalition) which is working under a 5-year State grant focusing on the prevention of youth alcohol and drug use.

Outside of council duties, Council Member At-Large Anderson is a very active community member.  She volunteers on Matchbox Children’s Theatre Board, Austin Area Foundation Board, Gerard Academy Advisory Committee, Seibel Center Advisory Consortium and is actively involved with Vision 2020 projects.  She is a member of Austin Rotary Club and she and her husband Scott serve on the Youth Exchange Committee.   They have hosted seven Rotary Exchange students.

In 1975, she co-founded the Matchbox Children’s Theatre and counts that among her greatest Austin accomplishments.  Another is taking a leadership role along with husband in saving and restoring the Historic Paramount Theatre to help make it the popular destination for performing arts that it is today.  Janet volunteered for the first three years with the Austin ArtWorks Festival’s marketing and author committees.

Council Member At-Large Anderson has a bachelor’s degree from Southwest State University and is a graduate of Blandin Community Leadership Training program.  She has deep Austin roots and often visited Austin, her mother’s hometown. She moved to Austin in 1974 with her husband, an Austin native.

Council Member At-Large Janet Anderson is married to Scott Anderson.  They have one daughter Megan (husband Brandon) and two grandsons, Jaxon and Hendrix, and granddaughter Brielle.

To contact Council Member Anderson:

Janet Anderson
305 6th St NW
Austin, Mn 55912

Jeff Austin

Council Member Jeff Austin was elected to the Austin City Council in November of 2006 and is currently serving his third term as council member in the First Ward.  He is proud to serve the residents of the First Ward and all citizens of Austin.

As a senior council member, Austin sits on several boards including the Austin/Mower County Homeownership Board, Park & Recreation Board, Austin Port Authority, and the Blazing Star Joint Powers Board.

Council Member Austin is a lifelong resident of Austin. He is an Assistant Store Leader for Kwik Trip in Austin. 

Council Member Austin has two daughters, two sons, and five grandchildren. 

To contact Council Member Austin:

Jeff Austin
1008 6th Avenue NW
Austin, Mn 55912

Steve King

Council Member Steve King was first elected to the City Council in November 2008 and is currently serving his third term in office.

Council Member King is very active in the Austin community.  He serves on the Discover Austin Board, Family Connections, Mower County Community Health Board, Mower County Water Management Committee, One Watershed One Plan Advisory Committee, Smart Transit Authority, and the Area Drug Taskforce.

Council Member King has served as director of Mower County Corrections since January of 2005.  Prior to his current position, King was a long time employee with the Minnesota Department of Corrections based in St. Paul. During his tenure King held various positions including work release agent, probation and parole officer, enhanced sex offender agent, intensive supervised release agent, and community notification coordinator for level 3 sex offenders. He is active in the Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers, having recently served as president.  Council Member King was recently elected to serve as Minnesota Corrections Association vice president.

Council Member King is an Austin native.  He serves as a trustee for Pacelli Catholic Schools and is an active parishioner at St. Augustine Church where he lectures and volunteers.

Council Member King holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from St. Mary’s University in Winona.

He is married to Shelley, and they are the proud parents of Carter and Sam.

To contact Council Member King:

Home 507-433-2777
Cell 507-438-0599
Office 507-437-9453

Judy Enright

Council Member Judy Enright was elected to the City Council in November 2010 and was re-elected in November 2014 to serve a second term.  She serves Austin in a variety of ways.  She is a member of the Sustainability Taskforce, the Chamber of Commerce Board, the Housing & Redevelopment Authority Board, the LEC Committee, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee, Paint the Town Pink Steering Committee, and the Waterways Committee for Vision 2020.

Council Member Enright is retired from a 32-year career with Riverland Community College. She was employed as the physical plant manager.

Council Member Enright ran for office to address the housing and rental housing conditions in Austin.  She is excited about all the positive changes happening in Austin with Vision 2020, the Main Street Project, and flood mitigation.

Council Member Enright is a graduate of Austin Area Vocational School and obtained an associate’s degree at Riverland Community College.

Council Member Enright is a lifelong resident of Austin.  She is married to Wayne.  They have two children, Anna and Chad, and four grandchildren.

To contact Council Member Enright:

Judy Enright
101 12th Street NE
Austin, Mn 55912

David Hagen

Second Ward Council Member David Hagen is serving his first term in office having been elected in 2014. 

Council Member David Hagen worked in the media his entire career, first with KAUS Radio from 1974 to 1990, with KTTC Television as regional sales manager from 1990 to 2007, and 2012 to 2015 with KSMQ Public Television again in underwriting and development.  He is currently retired.  Council Member Hagen served our country from 1970 to 1972 as a medic in the army.

Council Member Hagen is very active in the community.  He serves on the following City of Austin boards:  the Cable TV Committee, HRA Board, DCA Board, and the Blazing Star Trail Joint Powers Board.  He also serves on the Vision 2020 Recreational Center Committee and on the Austin ArtWorks Festival Marketing Committee.  He is a member of the Friends of the Nature Center, the American Legion and VFW, the Izaak Walton League, the Austin Area Commission for the Arts, and KSMQ Public Television.  He has previously served the community in a variety of other ways:  as an Austin Community College advisor, as a member of the original committee for Cedar River Days, as vice president of the Austin Jaycees and its Ways and Means vice president, as Austin Chamber of Commerce ambassador, as president of Mower County Habitat and as Pheasants Forever.

Council Member Hagen is married to Paulette.  They have five children and four grandchildren.

To contact Council Member Hagen:

David Hagen
2907 6th Avenue SW
Austin, Mn 55912

Laura Helle

An Iowa farm girl by birth, Laura Helle works at the Austin Area Commission for the Arts. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Iowa State University in Graphic Design with a minor in Journalism/Mass Communication. She is the mother of an 8-year-old daughter who attends Sumner Elementary and is married to teacher Matt Stobaugh.  Helle came to Austin in 2001 and has volunteered for many community organizations including a term on the City Planning and Zoning Commission. Her hobbies include reading, baking and practicing yoga.

To contact Council Member Helle:

Laura Helle
1109 7th Avenue NW
Austin, Mn 55912

Paul Fischer

Third Ward Council Member Paul Fischer

Council Member Paul Fischer was elected to the Austin City Council in November 2016.  He serves on the Salvation Army Public Relations Board, the Austin/Mower County Homeownership Board, Vision 2020 Business Friendly Committee, and the Sustainability Taskforce. 

He is employed by Fairway Outdoor Marketing.

An Austin native, Council Member Fischer states he ran for public office due to his previous experience serving on the Brownsdale City Council and because of his knowledge of the City of Austin.  He believes citizens should be involved in whatever way they can to improve their community on a daily basis.

Paul Fischer has two children, Evan and Katara.  He and his family are members of the YMCA and St. Augustine Church.

To contact Council Member Fischer:

Paul Fischer
2003 2nd Avenue SE
Austin, Mn 55912


 Who are my city council representatives?

  1. Find your home on the map. (Precinct Ward Boundaries)
  2. Identify the ward(w) you live in.
  3. Contact information of that ward’s two Council Members is above.  The Council Member-at-Large also represents the entire City.

Please call 437-9940 if you need assistance in determining your Council Members.

Austin, MN Code of Ordinances

The elective officers of said council shall be the mayor and seven council members. All officers shall be residents and qualified voters in said city.

Each ward shall elect two council members, each of whom shall be a resident and qualified voter within the ward for which he or she is elected. There shall also be elected within and for said city one council member-at-large who shall be a resident of said city.

Section 3.03 TERMS OF OFFICE.
The official term of all elective officers under the provisions of the Charter shall commence on the first business day in January next succeeding their election, and all officers to be appointed to elective offices by the city council as hereinafter provided shall enter upon the duties of their respective offices at the time specified by the city council. All ward council members shall serve a term of four years.  Council members-at-large elected prior to November 1, 2014 shall serve terms of two years.  Council members-at-large elected after November 1, 2014 shall serve terms of four years.  Mayors elected prior to November 1, 2012 shall serve terms of two years.  Mayors elected after November 1, 2012 shall serve terms of four years.  All officers will serve until their successors are elected and qualified.

Vision Statement and City Council Goals

Please note that any correspondence, such as e-mail or letters, sent to city officials or staff becomes public record and is available for public/media review.

Citizen Involvement
Every Council meeting has an allocated time at the end of each meeting for citizens to address the Council with questions or concerns they may have. If at all possible, if you do wish to appear before the council, please schedule your appearance in advance with Ann Kasel at (507) 437-9943. Agendas for all council meetings are available the Friday before at the City Administration Office, 500 Fourth Avenue NE. All meetings are open to the public with the exception of closed sessions.

When the Council Meets
PUBLIC MEETINGS. The Austin City Council convenes the first and third Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, to study agenda issues and take action on items such as allocation of funds, award of bids, contracts, leases and agreements, public hearings on budget, zoning and planning issues, bond expenditures and various public hearings.

City council meetings are aired on cable channel 180 at 11:00 am on Saturdays and Sundays. They are also shown on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8:00 pm.

All meetings are conducted in strict compliance with the Open Meeting Law of the State of Minnesota.

If you as a citizen feel your questions or concerns have not been answered by a department or elected official, you are welcome to report the situation to City Hall at 437-9940, and we will do our best to assist you.