City Council

City of Hastings Leadership

members of city council at Levee ParkThe Mayor and City Council members are elected to make decisions on behalf of Hastings' 22,000+ residents. They adopt and oversee the City's annual budget and set the annual property tax levy as one of the funding sources for the budget. The Mayor and Council also are responsible for policy decisions ranging from land use and subdivision applications to program development and awards of contracts.

The City of Hastings is divided into four wards.  A Council Member is elected to represent each ward, with two At Large members and the Mayor representing the entire community. Each member of the City Council is elected to an alternating four year term. Members are also appointed by the Mayor to Council committees to address specific issues that need extra attention.   

Hastings operates with the Council-Administrator form of government. In this format, the City Administrator is responsible for carrying out the directions of the Council majority. In this way, the Mayor and Council can focus on "big picture" issues while they oversee the Administrator who manages the day-to-day operations of the City.

Council Meetings

The Hastings City Council meets in regular session to conduct City business on the first and third Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Agendas for the City Council meetings are available here.

Council Rules of Procedure and Decorum

The City Council is dedicated to respectful and professional communication and interaction with each other, City staff, and the public. To that end, we have adopted a set of Norms that define the expectations we've set for ourselves and have committed to both follow and hold each other accountable. In April of 2018, the city council adopted these Rules of Procedure and Decorum.

CORE Values

The City has also adopted a set of CORE Values to articulate our commitment to providing high quality services to our citizens, visitors and each other.



Paul web ready 2.15 Mayor Paul Hicks was born and raised in Hastings. He is a 1978 graduate of Hastings High School and graduated from Hamline University in 1982 with a B.A. in Political Science.

Mayor Hicks has volunteered for many organizations including the Hastings Jaycees, Urban Concerns Inc., S.O.A.R., Hastings Alumni Association and Hastings Access Television Corporation. In 1997, he was selected as one of Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans by the Minnesota Jaycees.
He is employed by the Minnesota House of Representatives where he works as a Supervisor in the Office of the Chief Clerk.

Mayor Hicks served as Chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission for six years prior to being elected as an at-large member to the Hastings City Council in 1990. He was re-elected in 1994, 1998 and 2002. He was elected Mayor of Hastings in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014.

Mayor Hicks does not keep office hours at Hastings City Hall, but he does have a phone number where residents can leave voicemails: 651-480-2365.  Email:

City Council Members

Tina Folch, Ward 1 

Ward 1:  Tina Folch 

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Elected: 2016
Current term expires: December 31, 2020

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Ward 2:  Joe Balsanek

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Elected: 2008, 2012, 2016
Current term expires: December 31, 2020

Lisa Leifeld, Ward 3 

Ward 3:  Lisa Leifeld

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Elected: 2016
Current term expires:  December 31, 2020

Trevor Lund, Ward 4 

Ward 4:  Trevor Lund                 

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Elected: 2016
Current term expires: December 31, 2020

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At Large:  Lori L. Braucks

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Elected: 2014
Current term expires: December 31, 2018

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At Large:  Mark Vaughan, acting mayor

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Elected: 2014
Current term expires: December 31, 2018