Just got this news release:
Mayor Spitzer will not seek a 6th term
St. Charles, MN. Mayor Bill Spitzer announced Friday evening during the annual St. Charles Boards and Commissions Appreciation dinner that he has decided not to seek a 6th term as Mayor. Mayor Spitzer has served as the city’s leader since 2005 and has been involved in a number of other statewide committees.
“It’s time for a change,” commented Mayor Bill Spitzer. “Every organization needs to evolve and this seemed like the appropriate time to move on to my next challenge”
Mayor Spitzer has been involved with a number of challenges over his decade as Mayor: the devastating flood of 2007, the major fire at North Star Foods and the latest silica sand debate. But with those challenges came many opportunities like the mitigation of a flood prone neighborhood into a park and ride for Rochester commuters as well as an early flood detection system made possible through a partnership with the MN DNR. During that decade, accomplishments were made in future planning for the community with the implementation of a comprehensive plan as well as a capital improvement plan for major city purchases.
“There are many things that I’m proud we accomplished over the past ten years,” remarked Mayor Spitzer. “However, I’m most proud of the formation of the Food for Families program.”
The Food for Families program was started two years ago as a collaborative effect of the local food shelves and Project FINE. The program provides food for over 60 people on a monthly basis. Unfortunately, the program suffered a major setback about a year ago when the major food supplier restricted its resources. The program continues on a limited basis with volunteers from local churches.
“I look forward to what opportunities are on the horizon,” acknowledged Mayor Spitzer. "However, St. Charles will always have a special place in my heart.”