Christine Peterson Appointed City Of Saugatuck's Newest Councilmember
With a unanimous roll call vote at its Monday night meeting, the Saugatuck City Council appointed Christine Peterson to the vacant council seat left by Wendy Wise Fisher after her resignation on March 24.
Selected among three candidates, Peterson will leave her unfinished term on the Saugatuck Planning Commission to join the council and finish Fisher’s term ending on November 2015.
Peterson’s term on the Saugatuck Planning Commission was to have ended July 2015.
“Chris (Peterson) has an unusually heavy experience in government,” said Saugatuck Mayor Pro-Tem Bill Lint, who made the motion to nominate her.
Peterson has served as a state of Nebraska senator, a governor’s cabinet member and a policy secretary for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The council commended Peterson on her active role in local government and organizations despite being a resident of Saugatuck only a few short years.
Aside from the planning commission, she is currently secretary of the Kalamazoo Lake Harbor Authority’s Long-term Planning Committee and served as a member of the sign committee and the historical committee review.
“City government is so exciting because you deal with people and places you know,” Peterson noted in her application to council.
“There is great passion and it’s just amazing when it all comes together and you accomplish something that positively impacts your home.”
The other two contenders for the council seat were Robert Koestner and Philip Huffman for whom the council also had words of praise and encouraged them to apply for the planning commission seat left open by Peterson.
Fisher resigned after a short, five-month tenure characterized by controversy and tension between her and some of her colleagues.
She was present at Monday’s meeting and told Observer Newspapers she was pleased the council has selected someone to replace her.
In other Saugatuck city business, the city council gave the green light to a Saugatuck-Douglas Area Business Association-sponsored Derby Day Hat Contest.
The event is a non-wagering contest that will take place at the gazebo on Water Street on Saturday, May 3.
Registration starts at 1 p.m. until 2:40 p.m. at the gazebo. Organizers are asking for hats to be original designs, either purchased, borrowed or designed ( baseball caps and non-decorated straw hats will not be considered for prizes).