Dave Baker to serve as president of Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission has elected Dave Baker president for 2012.
Baker replaces Doug Lindblad. Baker served as vice president in 2011. During the organizational session of Thursday's special meeting, Commissioner Steve Salzer nominated Baker. Salzer said Baker, who was not present Thursday, previously indicated an interest in being president.
Carol Laumer, who was newly appointed to a three-year term replacing Mary Kray, conducted the election. She said the commission was making a presumption that Baker would be willing to move up to president.
Lindblad had submitted his resignation from the commission at the end of 2011, but he was persuaded by Mayor Frank Yanish to stay on the commission for another three months while the commission deals with personnel and structural issues.
Commissioner Jerry Gesch nominated Matt Schrupp for the presidency, but Schrupp declined, saying he would have a difficult time fulfilling the role. Gesch said the commission needed new leadership, which he said "would provide I think a better future for our commission.''
Baker was elected on a 4-1 vote with Salzer, Lindblad, Schrupp and Laumer voting in favor and Gesch voting against.
The commission elected Salzer vice president. He had served as treasurer in 2011. Also, the commission elected Schrupp as secretary, replacing Kray, and elected Dan Holtz as treasurer for 2012, replacing Salzer. Holtz was also absent.