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Jahner joins St. Paul Park City Council

Gregory Jahner III will be sworn in March 20. (Submitted photo)

After being down a member for nearly three months, the St. Paul Park City Council will swear in Gregory Jahner III as the newest member March 20.

Jahner, a business analyst for PeopleNet in Minnetonka, has lived in St. Paul Park for the last four years, but grew up there as well. He has about 25 years total in the city.

"I had a tie to community ... When you leave you miss it," he said.

He's hoping his professional experience as an analyst will help bring a new perspective and a new way of looking at issues to the council.

"There's a lot I can do to help the city," Jahner said. "I'm very strategic ... (I'll be) looking at the next four years strategically."

Jahner said he's looking forward to digging into city issues, especially the 300 acres BNSF Railway plans to use for a vehicle staging lot.

"I want to look at all that land that the railroad owns, (and think) about how can we add value to that," he said.

Jahner will fill out the term vacated by Sandi Dingle when she took the mayor's seat. His term will last until the end of this year. He said he already plans to run for a full term in the fall election.

"Absolutely I'll run again," he said. "I've been thinking about it probably since high school."

At 35 years old, Jahner said he embraces being part of the millennial generation.

"I'm thrilled to be the first millennial on council," he said.

Five applicants — Andrew Cisson, Phil French, Tim Conrad, Dale Roth and Jahner — interviewed with the council Feb. 21.

"We had some really good applicants," Dingle said.

The city council appointed Jahner on a split 2-1 vote at the March 6 meeting, with council member Jeff Swenson absent and council member Tim Jones against.