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Sartell City Council Members are elected at-large to represent the entire community and are empowered by law to legislate citywide policy. This includes the authority to pass and enforce ordinances, establish public and administrative policies, create advisory boards and commissions, and manage the City's financial operations including preparing a budget, auditing expenditures, and transacting other City business as required by law.


The Sartell City Council consists of one mayor and four Council members. The Mayor is elected for a four-year term and the members are elected for four-year terms. All members of the City Council are elected from the City at large. Local elections are held in November of even-numbered years.

City Council meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 pm. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers and are open to the public.  Council meeting minutes and agendas are available at City Hall and are archived on this site.  The council meetings are also aired live on local cable channel 181 as well as rebroadcast the following Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.

The City Administrator, who is appointed by the City Council, serves as the chief administrative officer for the city. The administrator overseas the day-to-day operations of the city, and implements the policies of the City Council.

 Your City Representation

Mayor Sarah Jane Nicoll Phone: 320.309.7765
 Through 2018Email:

Councilmember Ryan.Fitzthum Phone: 320.493.5891
 Through 2020Email:

Council Member Mike Chisum Phone: 320.492.2675
 Through 2020 Email:

Council Member Pat LynchPhone: 320.240.0770
 Through 2018Email:

Council Member David PetersonPhone: 320.492.8017
 Through 2018Email:



City of Sartell Council Meeting Guidelines

City Council Meeting Schedule: The Sartell City Council’s regular meetings are typically held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month beginning at 6:00 p.m. The meeting agenda is available for review at Sartell City Hall and on the city website ( on the Friday preceding the meeting. Regular meetings of the Council are broadcast live on cable channel 181 and rebroadcast the following day at 9 am. Video recordings of the meetings are also available on the city website generally within 48 hours following the meeting.

City Council Meeting Format: Following reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, the Council takes action to approve the agenda for the meeting. The following is a brief explanation of the sections of the Sartell City Council agenda:

Open Forum/Public Comment Session: The City Council has set aside up to 15 minutes at the beginning of each regular Council meeting to take comment from up to five members of the public. Individuals wishing to offer comment to the Council may register by contacting City Hall prior to 4:30 pm on the date of the meeting or by signing up at the Open Forum sign-up sheet provided prior to the start of each Council meeting. Each participant is allowed up to three minutes to address the Council at the podium. The Open Forum session is devoted exclusively to accepting comment from the public. While the City Council may opt to refer a matter to staff or one of its boards or commissions for study, the Council will not debate, discuss or formally act on any matter presented during the Open Forum session.

Special Presentations: Contact the City Administrator for determination on whether an agenda item should be delivered to the Council as a special presentation.

Consent Agenda: The Council uses a Consent Agenda for routine, non-controversial items needing little or no further deliberation. Those items listed on the Consent Agenda are approved together as one vote unless a Council member requests removal of an individual item for separate consideration. Items removed from consent agenda shall be considered separately by the council after Consent Agenda vote is taken.

Public Hearings: These are formal proceedings that give the public the opportunity to express their concerns or support, ask questions, or provide additional information on a particular matter. The Mayor may use discretion whether to allow repeat testimony. All individuals offering testimony are required to do so using the podium microphone and must identify themselves by name, address and any business or organization that they represent. Once the public hearing is closed, no further testimony is typically allowed and the Council will deliberate amongst itself and with staff and/or applicant. While the Council strives to make timely decisions, occasionally additional information may be needed making it desirable to defer action until a later date. Depending on the situation, the hearing may be continued to a future date to preserve the ability to attain additional testimony.

Old Business: Matters that have had previous discussion by the Council that are expected to require further deliberation by Council and City staff prior to Council action are placed on the agenda as “Old Business”.

New Business: Matters that have not had any previous discussion by the Council are placed on the agenda as “New Business” for deliberation by Council and City staff.

Department Reports: This part of the agenda is reserved for department managers to provide timely updates to the Council and to address questions or concerns presented by members of the Council.

City Council Updates & Miscellaneous Business: Updates from individual council members relating to various boards and commissions they each serve on are typically shared at this time. Council members have the option to preview an issue at this time to see if the Council as a whole wants an issue on a Council agenda.