Breezy Point: Former Mayor Lillehei appointed to council seat

Breezy Point City Council

Councilmember Tom Lillehei, left, Councilmember Rebecca Ball, Officer Joe Garcia, Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Naomi Brockhoff, Chief Brian Sandell, Councilmember Michael Moroni and Parks and Recreation Committee member Connie Moroni. Contributed / City of Breezy Point

In its regular meeting Monday, Aug. 2, the Breezy Point City Council voted unanimously to appoint former mayor Tom Lillehei as the newest member of the council, replacing Mark Miller.

Lillehei is no stranger to Breezy Point’s city government. He has served on the planning and zoning commission and was a city council member for four years in 2011-2014. He was elected mayor in 2014 and served in that role until Dec. 31, 2020, due to current Mayor Todd Roggenkamp defeating him in the 2020 election.

“I really love this city,” Lillehei said after the meeting. “I have had this passion for quite a few years, and I just enjoy serving. That’s really the bottom line. I just enjoy watching this city grow, and if I can be a part of that, so be it. I just relish the opportunity.”

Lillehei replaces Miller, who was elected in 2020 but resigned June 23 after being charged with wire fraud, securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud in a “pump-and-dump” stock scheme.

The council declared a vacancy on the council at its Tuesday, July 6, meeting and approved the submission of applications for a new council member to fill the remainder of the term through 2024. Lillehei’s application was the only one attached to the August meeting agenda. One other application was submitted, but ultimately withdrawn by the applicant.


In other action Monday, the council voted to accept a donation of $1,000 to the Breezy Point Police Department from David and Sheila Craig.

In July, the police department responded to 289 incidents, an increase of 65 from July 2020. Among the incidents were eight traffic arrests, five crashes, two thefts and two fires.

Roggenkamp attended the meeting remotely.

Before the meeting, the city hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly installed playground equipment at the city park.

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Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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