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Posted on Apr 23, 2015

City seeks candidates to fill vacated seat

With the resignation of Councilman Dustin Petersen last week, the Quincy City Council is looking for applicants to fill the open seat.

Petersen, who took office in January 2014, resigned because he is moving to Arizona. The person appointed by the city council to fill his seat will serve the remainder of his term, which ends in December 2017.

The city is accepting applications until May 1 for the open position on the seven-member council. Applications can be picked up at city hall. All seats on the council are at-large positions.

Councilman Dustin Petersen has resigned from the city council because he is moving out of the state.

Councilman Dustin Petersen has resigned from the city council because he is moving out of the state.

At the city council’s regular May 5 meeting, all applicants will be interviewed by the city council. The council then will go into executive session to choose someone that evening to fill the position, Mayor Jim Hemberry said.

At Tuesday’s regular council meeting, Petersen thanked city staff and wished the councilmen the best. His last day in office is April 30.

Married last month, Petersen is moving to Arizona to live with his new wife, Tara Petersen, who is a kindergarten teacher. Petersen, who was born in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School in 2005, said moving away from his hometown was a difficult decision.

“It was really hard for me to finally decide to move,” said Petersen, who hopes to return some day to raise his family in Quincy.

Petersen, who ran on the campaign that he wanted to see some changes in the police department, said he especially enjoyed serving on the city’s public safety committee. He has enjoyed watching the police department transition under the leadership of Chief Bob Heimbach from one that was at odds with the public to one that is more service-oriented, he said.

He advises his replacement to not be afraid to speak up.

“Just don’t be afraid to be independent minded,” he said.

Petersen, who is moving to a metropolitan area, said he will miss spending time with family as well as living in a farming community. But he is excited for the future of Quincy.

“I think Quincy is improving,” Petersen said. “I think there is a bright future for Quincy.”


— By Jill FitzSimmons,