ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- It was an emotional city council meeting this evening, as some people bid farewell to a beloved city council President, Dennis Hanson at Monday nights comment period. Council members had a tough decision to make, who will be interim president and fill Hanson's shoes.
Where a man with flair and a genuine concern for this community once sat, now rests a bouquet of flowers, a living memory of Council President Dennis Hanson. Hanson passed away Wednesday from a brain aneurysm.
"No one can fill Denny's shoes but we're all working together for the good of this community," said councilor Sandra Means.
Councilors came together to chose an interim president.
"Wanted to let you know that Randy Staver will be the councilor at large and ask for your support," explained Means.
Mark Bilderback, Mike Wojcik and Sandra Means are all up for re-election this fall. Since they will be campaigning they decided not to be among those considered for the position. It was unanimously agreed that Staver will take his place.
"Denny was certainly a colleague, a mentor and best of all he was a friend. Denny believed in Rochester and the community with a passion and all I can do is promise that I'll try to fill this role my very best until his successor can be elected," stated Randy Staver.
Staver will act as interim president until November six when the general election takes place. Hanson had filed for re-election and under state law his name will remain on the ballot and in fact he could win, his only competition is native Jan Throndson.
Staver can legally only fill in until the November election. Unless a charter is amended there will be two ballots this fall one to decided who will take over as president for the next four years and another to decide who will fill-in from November until the end of the year. The council is hoping the charter commission will amend the rule so they can bypass the special election.
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