Honored for their service

North Branch City Administrator Bridgitte Konrad gave Mayor Amy Oehlers and council member Joel McPherson certificates of appreciation for their service to the city Monday. Photo by Derrick Knutson

North Branch City Administrator Bridgitte Konrad gave Mayor Amy Oehlers and council member Joel McPherson certificates of appreciation for their service to the city Monday. Photo by Derrick Knutson

Fellow council members and city staff recognized North Branch Mayor Amy Oehlers and council member Joel McPherson for their years of service at Monday’s council meeting.

It was the last meeting as elected officials for both.

McPherson had been on the council since 2011 when he accepted the post to fill a vacancy.

Oehlers was first elected to the council in 2000, and has served as mayor since 2009.

“It’s not always easy to make a lot of these decisions (on the council),” McPherson said. “Thank you to everybody who put up with me.”

After a dozen years of being a part of North Branch politics, Oehlers decided not to run for another term as mayor.

“Running in five elections and getting re-elected each time is pretty humbling to a person,” she said. “I’ve served with some really interesting people, and even though we haven’t always agreed, it has been an experience and I’ve learned a lot.”

Oehlers also lauded those she’s served with and the city staff she’s worked with over the years for their leadership and insight.

She also had a word of advice for those serving on future councils.

“At times, it does get really, really hard being on the council,” she said. “It’s not always just a joyous experience. There are times when you’re going to need strength and I hope each one of you, when the time comes, will look to God for that strength. And when it comes to making decisions for your community members, our city and just everyday of your life, that’s who you need to look for.”

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