Mendota Heights mayoral race: Krebsbach vs. Garlock

The Mendota Heights mayoral race pits a pair of candidates with long histories of civic involvement against each other.

Incumbent mayor Sandra Krebsbach served on the city council for 18 years prior to her election as mayor in 2010. Her challenger, Neil Garlock, is a retired Mendota Heights police sergeant who was on the force for over 20 years.

Sandra Krebsbach

Sandra Krebsbach

Neil Garlock

Neil Garlock

Garlock said he was a platoon sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1976-1980, and went on to graduate from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy.

"I have over 34 years of experience in law enforcement. I was a police chief in Alta, Iowa, prior to joining the Mendota Heights Police Department in 1990."

He said that as a Mendota Heights sergeant, he "worked closely with every department within the city," and he served on the boards of the Dakota County Drug Task Force, Dakota County MAAG Team (SWAT) and Dakota County Traffic Safety Committee. 

Garlock, 56, who is married to Mona Rae, emphasized the importance of improving and maintaining the city's roadways, as well as replacing the city's "aging water mains."

As mayor, he said he would focus on "recruiting and attracting new companies to our city and becoming more business friendly," and at the same time "controlling our city budget and maintaining our affordable taxes."

He says that his "years of public service and supervisory experience" have prepared him to be "a strong leader as mayor. ... I have worked inside the walls of the city for many years and know how to get things done."

Krebsbach, 67, is seeking her third mayoral term. Krebsbach, who is married to husband Norbert ("Nob"), was a Mendota Heights council member from 1992 to 2010, and was then elected mayor.

She has a Ph.D. in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota, and is the executive director of American Technical Education Association.

She said, "My skills as mayor are leading by providing an opportunity for council members, the residents, and applicants to express their ideas; asking for staff input; bringing in the city attorney on process matters; and bringing the item to closure."

She continued, "This requires experience and knowledge of development, public improvements, finances, zoning, ordinances, capital improvements, public safety and the city -- residents and businesses."

Among the challenges the city faces, Kebsbach said, are completing the street improvement plan and then phasing it out. She also believes the city should sell its "water system to St. Paul Water, for $1, to leverage lower surcharge rates based on its value." Other important issues are better optimizing the city's industrial park, and determining what recreational activities and amenities residents want, and what housing choices buyers may desire in the years ahead.

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