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Meet your new council member: Kurt Bills

With so many people running for city council it was hard to know much about individual candidates. Now that the new council members have been selected the Rosemount Town Pages thought it would be good to introduce them.

This week we interviewed Kurt Bills. Bills was the top finisher Nov. 4, receiving 2,488 votes. Next week we will feature a profile on fellow council newbie Jeff Weisensel.

Bills moved to Rosemount 11 years ago when he was hired at Rosemount High School. A decade later the former head wrestling coach has established a life here.

Bills is married to Cindy, who he met while attending Winona State University. The two married in 1995 and moved to Colorado for two years and then moved back to Minnesota when Bills was hired at RHS. Cindy runs a daycare out of the couple's Rosemount home.

The Bills have four children. The oldest, Kyla, attends Rosemount Middle School. Cassie, the second, attends Shannon Park Elementary and the two little ones, Hayden and Olivia, stay at home with mom.

"(Hayden and Olivia) are at home wrecking things faster than I can fix them," quipped Bills.

Bills teaches Advance Placement economics at RHS. Originally a criminal justice major, Bills said he developed an interest in history and changed his major to U.S. history and secondary social science instruction.

He said teaching affords him an opportunity to positively impact the community. Additionally, he enjoys meeting new students each year.

Along with teaching Bills impacts the community in other ways. He is on the site council for Rosemount High School and is active with Christ Church of Apple Valley.

He hopes his connection to the schools will prove useful while on the city council.

"I believe I can act as a liaison between the city council and our educational institutions," said Bills.

Although he doesn't have any experience in city government Bills is eager to learn. As a council member he said he wants to be informed so he can perform to the best of his abilities. Already Bills has met with the city's finance director, Jeff May, to get a handle on the city's budget. He also met with mayor Bill Droste to get his perspective on things.

"I am hoping to use my understanding of economics to help navigate the city through current economic conditions," Bills said.

While he does not have formal council experience Bills has lots of experience leading. As the RHS head wrestling coach for seven year Bills he had to make tough decisions. He said that experience will help him on the city council.

"You try to stay as informed as you can about the issues you deal with, the people on your team, administrators, parents, current trends and techniques in your sports. You make decisions, and not all decisions are popular," said Bills.