New council members to be sworn in Jan. 8
Two new council members will be sworn into office during the Jan. 8 City Council meeting. Jody Brennan and Angelica Contreras were elected to four-year council terms in November.
Brennan was the top vote getter in the general election. A member of the city’s Planning Commission, Brennan and her husband moved to Shakopee in 1990 and raised three children in the community.
She says Shakopee has a strong base for the future but must balance the current demand to continue growing, provide affordable housing and recreation opportunities and maintain a safe, functioning city – all while not creating a tax burden for households.
“I look forward to establishing a collaborative relationship with the other council members, my 42,000 neighbors, businesses and staff,” Brennan said. “As a member of the council, I have to be able to ask the right questions, listen to the answers and make a decision that establishes Shakopee as the place to be.”
Contreras, who has lived in Shakopee 20 years, is an active member of the community. She and her husband have four children, three of whom attend Shakopee Public Schools.
“I am excited about meeting and getting to know all my neighbors and hearing what concerns them and how I can help to resolve those concerns,” Contreras said. “I am most excited to be the first woman of color to sit on the council and ready to represent this diverse and growing community.”
Mayor Bill Mars was also re-elected in November to a second term. Mars will take his oath of office at the start of the meeting.
“I am honored to continue to serve our community,” Mars said. “Shakopee is thriving, and it’s an exciting time. From our east end to our west end, we are engaged. Our city is running very efficiently, and I will work to continue that.”
The city would like to express its thanks and appreciation to outgoing council members Kathi Mocol and Mike Luce.