Former Whitefish Councilor Appointed to Fill Vacant Seat

Sarah Fitzgerald will serve out term of John Anderson, who resigned last month

By Beacon Staff

The Whitefish City Council on June 15 selected longtime community resident Sarah Fitzgerald to fill its vacancy.

Fitzgerald is a 38-year resident of Whitefish, a vice president and financial advisor for D.A. Davidson & Co. in Whitefish and a former Whitefish city councilor, serving from 2000 to 2004.

Three other candidates applied for the open seat, a position that became vacant when John Anderson tendered his resignation last month.

Sarah Lundstrum, Life Noell and John Repke also interviewed for the position, but the council unanimously approved Fitzgerald’s appointment at the beginning of the June 15 regular council meeting. She was immediately sworn in.

In her letter for consideration, Fitzgerald said she was one of the original board members during the formation of the Whitefish Community Foundation and sat on their grant committee for a decade, and has been through four city budget cycles.

“I am ready to hit the ground running,” she wrote. “I will have a very short learning curve as I already know what time and details are expected of me.”

“I grew up in this wonderful community and I am now raising my own family here and want them to have the wonderful opportunities of the beautiful, active and safe Whitefish that I did,” she added.

Fitzgerald will serve through the end of the year, which was the end of Anderson’s term. She will not seek re-election.

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