After the resignation of former Mayor Albert Gates, the city of Clarkfield has been reaching out to try and find a new mayor to take the reins. Resident Jeff Lobdell has stepped up to the plate and has put his name on the ballot for election. He is the only one on the ballot at this time.

After the resignation of former Mayor Albert Gates, the city of Clarkfield has been reaching out to try and find a new mayor to take the reins. Resident Jeff Lobdell has stepped up to the plate and has put his name on the ballot for election. He is the only one on the ballot at this time.     

Originally from Nebraska, Lobdell moved to Clarkfield approximately 30 years ago. During his time in Clarkfield, Lobdell has been involved with the city for 17 years, during which time he has worked in the maintenance department both as a worker and as a wastewater operator. Also, he spent 13 years of his time in Clarkfield as the public works director as well. Alongside his public works ventures, Lobdell has spent 16 years as a volunteer firemen in Clarkfield.

With an extensive background in public works, Lobdell is hoping that he can be useful to the city with his experience and knowledge.

“I felt like I could be helpful, so hopefully I’m going to try to bring some of the things I’ve learned over the years when I’ve worked here to the table to just try to be helpful and see if we can try to move Clarkfield in a positive direction. “
Clarkfield is currently looking at a major infrastructure improvement project; a project that Lobdell is eager to lend his expertise to the city for. This infrastructure project is something that Lobdell is hoping to be his major focus, if elected.

“I think that as far as the main focus, we’ve got a big infrastructure improvement coming up here, and I’m trying to see if I can help see that through going forward, you know, and make sure that we’re getting the best bang for our buck for the scope of the work that we’re going to have done, and try to see if we can get as much funded through grants as possible so we don’t bring excess burden in taxes onto the citizens.”

Also, citing dwindling staff numbers, Lobdell is focusing on maintaining the City staff.

“Another focus would be to work with the departments and try to maintain the work staff that we have and utilize them in the ways that they’re best suited to do.”
Overall, Lobdell’s plan is to offer up his help and assistance in a positive light to the city.

“There’s lots of qualified people out there, I’m just putting my name out there in the hat in the hopes that if I can be of assistance to help out, and if they want me to have the job, I’m willing to do it.”

Currently, Gene Kockelman is the interim mayor. He was appointed by the council to temporarily fill in during the time lapse between Gate’s resignation and the special election. The winner of the election will take the reins from Kockelman

The special election for the mayor position will be held on Wednesday, December 9 at the Clarkfield City Hall. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.