The city of Clarkfield now has a new mayor at the reins. During a special election held on Wednesday, December 9, Jeff Lobdell was elected to the mayoral position with 86 votes in his favor. Two votes were made towards two write in's each.

The city of Clarkfield now has a new mayor at the reins. During a special election held on Wednesday, December 9, Jeff Lobdell was elected to the mayoral position with 86 votes in his favor. Two votes were made towards two write in's each.

Lobdell, originally a Nebraska native, moved to Clarkfield approximately 30 years ago. He 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. Lobdell also spent 13 of those years as the public works director. In addition, Lobdell has spent 16 years at a volunteer firemen in Clarkfield.

The mayoral position opened up after the resignation of former mayor Albert Gates earlier this year. Gene Kockelman was appointed by the council to serve as the interim mayor until  the new mayor’s election.

Lobdell was sworn in on Monday, December 14, during a special City Council meeting.