Watertown Council appoints Lindsay Guetzkow to fill vacancy

CCN-CouncilAppointmentAfter more than an hour of interviewing four candidates to fill its vacant seat, the Watertown City Council appointed Lindsay (Zumbrunnen) Guetzkow to the seat during its Jan. 28 meeting.
Guetzkow will fill the seat vacated by Steve Crowder’s resignation. The seat has been open since Nov. 12.
“I see this as an opportunity to become more involved with the decision making process and make a positive difference in my community,” Guetzkow said during the meeting. “This is a critical time for Watertown for economic development, especially with the bridge and roundabout construction taking place this summer.”
Guetzkow is best known in Watertown for her active involvement with the River City Theatre Company. She currently serves as the president, and has served in the past as RCTC’s secretary treasurer as well. Through RCTC, Guetzkow has also become involved with the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce, and she also serves on the advisory council for Early Childhood and Family Education.
A native of Windom, Guetzkow and her husband, Josh, a Watertown native, have a 1-year-old daughter. Guetzkow works in the re-insurance industry as the Vice President at Guy Carpenter in Edina. She is a 2003 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and has a B.A. in business management, communication and theater.
“My marketing background and my community involvement are two things that I feel will help me bring a unique perspective to the city council,” Guetzkow said during the meeting. “I hope to try to listen to different viewpoints, gather information and really try to hear all sides of an issue before making an informed decision.”
Other applicants for the position included Chuck Charnstrom, Nicholas Hoese and Jim Sandquist. Charnstrom was the only applicant who ran for City Council during the 2012 election. Hoese previously served on the City Council but did not run for re-election in 2012. Sandquist serves on the city’s Planning Commission and the Watertown Commission on Aging.
During the meeting, each applicant was asked to give both an opening and closing statement. In between, each candidate took turns answering four questions from the Council. The candidates were asked what they would like to see implemented or changed in the next six months, why they want to serve on the city council, what the city’s biggest opportunities are, as well as the city’s biggest challenges.