City Council

City of Hastings Leadership

members of city council at Levee ParkThe Mayor and City Council members are elected to make decisions on behalf of Hastings' 22,000+ residents. They adopt and oversee the City's annual budget and set the annual property tax levy as one of the funding sources for the budget. The Mayor and Council also are responsible for policy decisions ranging from land use and subdivision applications to program development and awards of contracts.

The City of Hastings is divided into four wards.  A Council Member is elected to represent each ward, with two At Large members and the Mayor representing the entire community. Each member of the City Council is elected to an alternating four year term. Members are also appointed by the Mayor to Council committees to address specific issues that need extra attention.   

Hastings operates with the Council-Administrator form of government. In this format, the City Administrator is responsible for carrying out the directions of the Council majority. In this way, the Mayor and Council can focus on "big picture" issues while they oversee the Administrator who manages the day-to-day operations of the City.

Council Meetings - The Hastings City Council meets in regular session to conduct City business on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Agendas for the City Council meetings are available here.

 

Mayor

Paul web ready 2.15 Mayor Paul Hicks was born and raised in Hastings. He is a 1978 graduate of Hastings High School and graduated from Hamline University in 1982 with a B.A. in Political Science.

Mayor Hicks has volunteered for many organizations including the Hastings Jaycees, Urban Concerns Inc., S.O.A.R., Hastings Alumni Association and Hastings Access Television Corporation. In 1997, he was selected as one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by the Minnesota Jaycees.
 
He is employed by the Minnesota House of Representatives where he works as a Supervisor in the Office of the Chief Clerk.

Mayor Hicks served as Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission for six years prior to being elected as an at-large member to the Hastings City Council in 1990. He was re-elected in 1994, 1998 and 2002. He was elected Mayor of Hastings in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

Mayor Hicks does not keep office hours at Hastings City Hall, but he does have a phone number where residents can leave voicemails: 651-480-2365.  Email: mayorhicks@hastingsmn.gov

City Councilmembers

Tina Folch, Ward 1 

Ward 1:  Tina Folch 

Contact Information:
651-304-0652
tfolch@hastingsmn.gov

Elected: 2016
Current term expires: December 31, 2020

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Ward 2:  Joe Balsanek

Contact Information:
651-438-5998
JBalsanek@hastingsmn.gov

Elected: 2008, 2012, 2016
Current term expires: December 31, 2020

Lisa Leifeld, Ward 3 

Ward 3:  Lisa Leifeld

Contact Information:
651-334-0306                                                     lleifeld@hastingsmn.gov

Elected: 2016
Current term expires:  December 31, 2020

Trevor Lund, Ward 4 

Ward 4:  Trevor Lund                 

Contact Information:
651-999-9346
tlund@hastingsmn.gov

Elected: 2016
Current term expires: December 31, 2020

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At Large:  Lori L. Braucks

Contact Information:
651-252-4270
lbraucks@hastingsmn.gov

Elected: 2014
Current term expires: December 31, 2018

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At Large:  Mark Vaughan, acting mayor

Contact Information:
651-437-9866
mvaughan@hastingsmn.gov

Elected: 2014
Current term expires: December 31, 2018