New mayor at Lakeville’s helm

Little, Anderson, Swecker take oath

A crowd of about 50 gathered, cameras ready, as a new mayor, a Lakeville City Council incumbent and a new council member were sworn into office Jan. 7.

Matt Little, 28, took the oath of office, becoming Lakeville’s youngest mayor and vacating his City Council seat with the action.

Matt Little was sworn in as Lakeville mayor by Minnesota State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea at the Jan. 7 City Council meeting. An audience of about 50 people attended the ceremony where new City Council Member Doug Anderson and incumbent Kerrin Swecker also took the oath of office, which was administered to them by Dakota County Judge Thomas Poch. Photo by Laura Adelmann
Matt Little was sworn in as Lakeville mayor by Minnesota State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea at the Jan. 7 City Council meeting. An audience of about 50 people attended the ceremony where new City Council Member Doug Anderson and incumbent Kerrin Swecker also took the oath of office, which was administered to them by Dakota County Judge Thomas Poch. Photo by Laura Adelmann

Doug Anderson, a former Finance Committee member, was sworn in as a City Council member and later accepted Little’s recommendation to serve as the City Council representative for the Housing and Redevelopment Authority in 2013.

Taking the oath of office for a third time was Kerrin Swecker, who has served as a City Council member since she was appointed in 2007.

Each representative expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve.

“Even though Lakeville’s become a big city, I still want to be a small-town mayor,” Little said.

He drew a picture of a 21st Century “ideal town square,” where everyone has a role to play in planning the city’s future “in the right balance and at the right times.”

Lakeville City Council Member Doug Anderson took the oath of office, which was administered by Dakota County Judge Thomas Poch Jan. 7. Anderson said he is looking forward to serving as a council member, stating his desire to provide a foundation for healthy neighborhoods, successful businesses while engaging with citizens and helping to build partnerships.  Photo by Laura Adelmann
Lakeville City Council Member Doug Anderson took the oath of office, which was administered by Dakota County Judge Thomas Poch Jan. 7. Anderson said he is looking forward to serving as a council member, stating his desire to provide a foundation for healthy neighborhoods, successful businesses while engaging with citizens and helping to build partnerships. Photo by Laura Adelmann

“So, it’s not about extremes or ideologies,” Little said. “It’s not all or nothing … when we disagree we’ll work it out.”

He advocated for building a “virtual town square” where meetings are watched online and critical budget items are discussed on Twitter but still joining for community celebrations and meeting together in person.

City Council Member Kerrin Swecker took the oath of office Jan. 7. She later addressed the audience of about 50, promising continued commitment to the city, good fiscal stewardship, a positive business growth environment and accessibility to hear citizen concerns.  Photo by Laura Adelmann
City Council Member Kerrin Swecker took the oath of office Jan. 7. She later addressed the audience of about 50, promising continued commitment to the city, good fiscal stewardship, a positive business growth environment and accessibility to hear citizen concerns. Photo by Laura Adelmann

“We can grow a bigger and better city without losing our small-town heart,” he said.

Administering the oath to the council members was Dakota County Judge Thomas Poch; Little was sworn in by Minnesota State Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea.