Public servant, again

VINCENT – Less than a year after he officially retired as Webster County sheriff, Brian Mickelson will hold elected office once again after winning a seat on the Vincent City Council Tuesday evening.

Mickelson, who spent nine years as sheriff before retiring in January, received 49 votes in the election, more than any other candidate. Four candidates ran for three seats.

While he never intended to run for public office after retiring, Mickelson said he changed his mind after one of the incumbent City Council members decided to not seek re-election. She approached Mickelson and asked him if he was interested in running.

“I later ended up talking to the mayor and he said not many people were interested in running,” Mickelson said. “He’s the one who asked me if I would fill the spot.”

Mickelson, who previously served eight years on the Vincent council “many, many years ago,” ultimately decided to run for the seat.

“I thought to myself, ‘there’s a lot of things that I want to do,'” he said. “But being on City Council doesn’t take up much time, so I said I would run.”

Even though he’s happy to have been elected to the council, Mickelson admitted it wasn’t part of his retirement plans.

“I wasn’t planning on running for any more offices,” he said. “but it just so happened this popped up and I said yes.”

He said he’s looking forward to representing the people of Vincent.

“I won’t mind being on the council again,” he said. “I’m proud of the town and if I can help in any way, I’ll do it.”

Serving on the council is just the latest involvement Mickelson has had since his retirement. In fact, Mickelson said his life hasn’t slowed down at all since he retired as sheriff.

“I’ve been doing things that I didn’t have time for before I retired,” he said. “I’m doing field work and farm work right now, and I’ve been keeping busy with my grandkids and family.”

He added that he and his wife plan on becoming hospice volunteers in the spring.

“I’m extremely busy, but that’s OK because I want to be busy,” Mickelson said. “I’m actually really enjoying this.”

“If you don’t keep busy, you just atrophy,” he added.

As for his plans for City Council, Mickelson said his primary goal is to keep Vincent’s appearance up to date.

“We do a very good job of keeping the town really clean,” he said. “I would really like to continue that.”

He also wants to keep the town going forward.

“We’re getting some new families moving in here,” Mickelson said. “I like the town so if I can help keep moving it forward, that’s what I’d like to do.”