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New La Crosse mayor Reynolds and city council members sworn in

Brad Williams

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In Washington, it takes a little over two months to transition from an old president to a new one after an election.  For the city of La Crosse, the transition is just two weeks after a new mayor is elected. 

The change was completed Tuesday, as Tim Kabat presided over his last meeting as mayor, and Mitch Reynolds took the oath to succeed him.

Kabat thanked the city leaders who worked with him, and the people who take the step of running for office.

“It’s no small action to put your name on a ballot, and open yourself up to criticism and judgement,” said Kabat, retiring after eight years as mayor. “You have my admiration and thanks on behalf of our community for stepping up to service.”    

After being sworn in, Reynolds also thanked the workers who run city departments

“We live in a city rich in strength and resiliency with people who work hard and imagine great things ahead,” said Reynolds, “and we have a whole bunch of new talented and motivated city council members eager to achieve amazing things for the people who call our city home.”

In short, things are lookin’ up.”

Mayor Reynolds leads a 13-member city council, of which six members were newly elected this month.     

The new members also took office Tuesday, and Barb Janssen was elected unanimously to serve as council president, succeeding Martin Gaul, who gave up his council seat to run for mayor.

On Reynolds’s agenda for his first full day as mayor, a meeting with Congressman Ron Kind to talk about PFAS pollution on French Island.        

 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.