February 07, 2018 05:37 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- The city of Rochester will be undergoing major changes in leadership in the coming year.
City officials will need to appoint a new director of public works, fire and police chief because of retirements. Three city council seats are also up for election in November.
Another set of big shoes to fill will be those of Mayor Ardell Brede who has been leading the city for 16 years.
“In most of these cases, these people have been there 24 years, 36 years, that is a big change,” Brede said.
While some of the open positions will require an election, others need to be appointed. According to Brede, it's all about getting to know the people you represent.
“What maybe worked in another part of the state or another part of the country may not be something that the folks here can really accept,” Brede said.
Rochester attorney Michael Walters, who is looking to fill one of the city council seats, said it's not about replacing leadership, but elevating it.
“The officials both new and old are accessible to you and are ready to hear the input of ordinary people whether that's the new chief of police, new city administrator, they need to be out there in the public so that people have access to get their concerns to them. I think that's far and away the most important thing,” Walters said.
“I think it will be fine, but not without its challenges. No question," Brede said.
Brede's term will run throughout the rest of the year.
Within the last seven months, the city of Rochester has also hired a new city administrator and city attorney.
Created: February 07, 2018 05:37 PM
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