The form of government is the "Mayor-Council Plan." The Council shall exercise the legislative power of the City and determine all matters of policy.
City Council is comprised of the Mayor, who is elected at large to serve as the official head of the City and to preside over all Council meetings, and six Councilmembers. Each councilmember is a qualified elector of the ward of the City of Marshall for which they hold office. Each member of the City Council shall be elected and serve for a four-year term and shall serve until a successor is elected and qualified.
The City Council meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at Marshall City Hall, 344 West Main Street, in the Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m.
Robert J. Byrnes
Serving his 9th term as Mayor (1992 to Present)
Served as a Councilmember for 6 years (1986 to 1992)
Bob Byrnes was born and raised in Waukon, Iowa where he attended Waukon High School. Bob retired following a 40 year career with the University of Minnesota where he served as State-Wide Director of Operations for the University of Minnesota Extension. Bob is involved in several community organizations. He is on the Board of Directors for the Southwest Regional Development Commission; past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Prairieland Economic Development Corporation; Chair of the MnDOT Area Transportation Partnership; Highway 23 Coalition Board member and Board Member of Habitat for Humanity of Redwood River. Some of the prestigious awards Bob has received are "Outstanding Elected Official" by the Minnesota Association of Emergency Managers; "Purcell Pinacle Award for Outstanding Humanitarian"; the University of Minnesota Community Service Award; and the "Distinguished Service Award" by the NACAA.
Bob and his wife Brenda have two adult children - Bridget and Brian and three granddaughters Quinn, Kennedy and Laine.
Serving his 1st term as a Councilmember (Ward I) - 2022 to present
Serving her 1st term as a Councilmember (Ward I) - 2022 to present
See Moua Leske
Serving her 1st term as Councilmember (Ward II) - 2022 to present
See Moua-Leske is a first generation immigrant from Laos. See and her family sought refuge in America after spending time in a refugee camp in Thailand following their escape from Laos. Although her family made Marshall their home in 2000, she did not call Marshall home until 2010.
See graduated from Northland College with an undergraduate degree in elementary education. While teaching, she went on to earn masters in Special Education and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Southwest Minnesota State University. After 9 years of teaching, See took on the role of Program Manager for Southwest Adult Basic Education- Marshall in 2018. The program offers free literacy classes to adults who want to learn or improve their English, finish their high school degree and learn other job skills to improve their employability opportunities.
See serves on the Southwest Minnesota Workforce Development Board, Southwest Regional Development Commission, Southwest United Way Board and sits on the Cultures on the Prairie Planning Committee.
See and Nick have one amazing son, Jett and two handsome dogs, Vinnie and Wally.
Serving his 1st term as Councilmember (Ward II) - 2017 to present
Steve Meister was born in St. Paul, MN and raised in Cloquet, MN where he attended Cloquet Senior High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Dana College in Blair, NE in 1988. He obtained his medical degree from the University Of Minnesota School Of Medicine in 1997. His first taste of life as a Marshall resident was in 1995 when he did his 3rd year of medical school at ACMC through the U of MN School of Medicine Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP). He served in the United States Navy for 7 years obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Upon discharge from the U.S. Navy Steve relocated to Marshall and has been a resident since 2004. Dr. Meister is a board certified family physician. In 2012 Dr. Meister obtained his Master’s in Business Administration degree through the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. He has been employed by ACMC Health since 2004.
Steve and his wife Karen have 3 children- Noah, Sydney and Jayden. They enjoy outdoor activities and are active with high school and community events in the City of Marshall.
Serving his 1st term as Councilmember (Ward III) - 2017 to present
James was born in St. Peter, MN and moved to Marshall when he was two with his family. He grew up in Marshall and attended Holy Redeemer School until eighth grade and attended Crosier Seminary and Preparatory School for high school and graduated in 1988. He then attended University of Wisconsin-Superior where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in psychology. After he graduated, James moved back to Marshall with his wife and began working for Lozinski Construction before starting his own construction business, James Lozinski Construction, Inc. He now owns and runs two local businesses.
James and his wife Emily have four children: Meghan, Nicholas, Madelynn, and Louis. James and Emily spend the occasional weekend making trips to visit the oldest three in college or being sure to support their youngest in his out-of-school activities.
Serving 2nd term as a Councilmember (Ward III) - 2014 to present
I am a 1975 graduate from Hector High School in Hector, MN. My wife and I have been in Marshall since the spring of 1992. I have worked for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency since 1990 as a State Program Administrator Principal in the Emergency Response Program. I am extremely proud to be serving as a councilmember in Marshall and feel that this is one of many ways that we have to "give back".
He is married to Debra and they have three adult children, one grandson who is proudly serving in the US Army and another grandchild on the way!
Kennedy & Graven
Pam has over twenty years of experience in the areas of local government law, municipal litigation and conflict management services. She currently serves as city attorney for the City of Mankato. Before joining Kennedy & Graven, Pam created and ran a conflict management program at the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust where Pam worked with groups, such as elected officials, staff or public experiencing conflict or seeking facilitated resolution of matters. Pam expanded her work recently to assist various state agencies work more collaboratively with each other and with the public. Pam is a Rule 114 Qualified Neutral in the State of Minnesota. Pam’s holistic process to learn how to engage others, be open to perspectives, generate integrative solutions, and take the next steps towards improved communication, collaboration, and strategic planning benefits her municipal clients as well as those who seek conflict management assistance.
During her spare time, Pam enjoys reading, cooking for her kids, and golfing with her husband. She often can be found walking her Bernadoodle named Ernie.
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