Mark Landis joins the Oakdale City Council

Mark Landis

City Administrator Bart Fischer swore in new city council member Mark Landis at the April 25 city council meeting.

Mark Landis was appointed to fill the vacant seat on the Oakdale City Council at the council’s April 25 meeting. Landis, who was the chairperson of the Economic Development Commission up until his council appointment, was sworn in right away at the council meeting. 

The seat has been vacant since April 11 when the council accepted Kristen Cici’s unexpected resignation. Because Cici’s term, which expires at the end of 2020, has more than two years remaining on it, the council had to appoint someone until a special election can be held.

Landis, 57, said he was initially surprised when approached to fill the vacant seat, though he had run for the position November 2016. At that time he received the third highest number of votes, following only Cici and council member Kevin Zabel who were sworn in this past January.

“I applaud the council for selecting Mark for that seat,” said Washington County Commissioner and former Oakdale mayor Stan Karwoski. “I think Mark will do well and be a nice addition.”

Landis brings to the council his experience on numerous committees within Oakdale. He has been on the Oakdale Economic Development Commission since 1995 and has been chairperson the past 14 years. He served on the Washington County Board of Commissioners Housing and Redevelopment Authority from 2012 to 2014. He also was a Two Rivers CLT Board member, the District 916 education foundation board member for 21 years and past president for two terms. 

A few projects that Landis, who is a financial advisor, plans to focus on includes the Business Retention and Expansion Program, the Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and the development of the 3M property located north of Slumberland.

He added that the 3M project is especially exciting for him to work on “because it is our biggest development to come around in a long time … [and] it provides opportunities for all of Oakdale to continue to prosper.”

Landis noted in an April 26 interview that he is “humbled to be part of the city council.”

He also confirmed plans to run in the special election to keep his new council seat, although a date for the special election has not yet been set.

—Aundrea Kinney




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