Press Publications recently interviewed North Oaks new Mayor Krista Wolter who was elected in November by the residents of North Oaks. Wolter is the second woman to be elected Mayor of the city.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
A: I’ve lived in North Oaks for the past 23 years and currently live near the golf course with my husband Tim, mother-in-law Maureen, 22-year-old daughter Laney and my Jack Russell dog ‘Jackie.’ I grew up in Shoreview and graduated from Mounds View High School. My husband grew up in North Oaks and his family has been here since 1970. Nine years ago we moved within the city to have more space and to be able to accommodate generational living. We love living here for the privacy, the overall natural environment and the convenience of the location of North Oaks.
Q: What made you decide to run for mayor?
A: I ran for mayor because I truly care about North Oaks, its residents and its future. We need to be respectful of one another even if our opinions differ and get to the heart of the matter. Decisions also need to be made that keep in mind of the residents of all of our associations – big and small. I believe that collaboration gets better results in the end. North Oaks has very smart residents from all walks of life and we need to draw from that along with the rich history and knowledge from those residents that have helped create the legacy for this city. Because of my experience in real estate, I have come to know hundreds of people in North Oaks and timing seemed right to step forward and serve the community that I love and know so well.
Q: What are some of the goals you have for the city?
A: North Oaks is now 70+ years old. We need to look at overall infrastructure and how North Oaks will do over the next 70 years with what we currently have in place and what needs to be included in our strategic plan. We also need to have a successful exit strategy for the North Oaks Company as they finish out their developments.
Q: Are you the first mayor to be elected and on the NOHOA Board?
A: Not sure, but one thing I know is that there is an overlap and both the city and the NOHOA Board needs to work together for the good of its residents in making sure that we are managing resources effectively and efficiently. That has been lacking for several years now. I will be looking at having liaisons between both the city and NOHOA to keep each other informed and work together where necessary. We will also be working on better communication with our residents on what both entities are responsible for and who to call when they have questions. This was a concern that I heard most when I was running for mayor — who is who and who does what.
Q: Do you feel it’s a conflict of interest to be mayor and on the NOHOA Board of Directors?
A: Conflict of interest is not a feeling — it is a situation in which a person is in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in their official capacity. There is no personal benefit (direct or indirect financial interest) from these positions or between these positions for myself at this time. Any person could have a conflict of interest for a situation or matter and would need to excuse themselves from that item at that time if a conflict of interest existed.
Q: Anything else you would like to add?
A: I am very much looking forward to serving the residents of this incredible legacy community.
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