Four council members were sworn into office when the Coon Rapids City Council had its first meeting of 2013 Monday evening.
Anoka County District Court Judge Tammi Fredrickson, who was Coon Rapids city attorney before being appointed a judge, issued the oaths of office to Denise Klint, Ron Manning, Jerry Koch and Steve Wells.
Manning and Wells were elected in November’s general election to fill open seats on the council.
Denise Klint was elected to a fourth term in Ward 1, while Jerry Koch, who was appointed by the council to fill a vacancy in Ward 4, was elected unopposed.
In Ward 2, Manning replaced Melissa Larson, who did not seek re-election after serving one four-year term, while Wells won the councilmember at-large seat after three-term incumbent Scott Schulte decided not to seek re-election and instead run for the Anoka County Board – successfully.
Neither Manning nor Wells are strangers to city government.
Manning had served two terms on the council as Ward 2 representative before being beaten by Larson in 2008 and he had been a member of the Anoka-Hennepin District 11 School Board for 10 years before that.
He is a current small business owner and a retired Minneapolis School District guidance counselor.
Wells retired as Coon Rapids police chief in 2010 after serving with the police department since 1978, including 12 years as chief.
Klint was born and raised in Coon Rapids and has been a teacher in the Anoka-Hennepin School District for 21 years.
Her family owns and operates four businesses in the city of Coon Rapids.
Koch, another lifelong resident of Coon Rapids, filled the vacancy in Ward 4 caused when former Councilmember Joe Sidoti resigned in September 2011 to move out of state.
A full-time realtor since 1988, Koch owns and operates his own real estate company, WHY USA Anthony Realty.
The other three members of the council – Mayor Tim Howe and Councilmembers Paul Johnson and Bruce Sanders – are in the middle of their four-year terms on the council.
Those three seats will be on the general election ballot in 2014.
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