Shoreview accepting applications for city council seat after death of long-time member

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Shoreview accepting applications for city council seat after death of long-time member
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With last month’s death of Shoreview City Council member Terry Quigley, the city is now accepting applications from residents interested in filling the vacant city council seat until the end of the year.

Terry Quigley (Courtesy of city of Shoreview)

Quigley died Jan. 13 at age 85. He served the city for nearly 50 years, starting on the planning commission in 1973 and taking on various roles before joining the city council in 2001, a seat he held until his death.

Quigley’s term ends Dec. 31. Under state statute, the city council is required to fill the council vacancy by appointment. On Nov. 8, voters will elect a city council member who will begin a four-year term in January.

Meanwhile, applications to fill the council seat until the end of the year will be accepted until Feb. 17 and can be found and submitted on the city’s website. The city council hopes to appoint someone next month.

LONG CAREER, VOLUNTEER WITH MANY GROUPS

At the Jan. 18 city council meeting, a bouquet of flowers was on the dais in front of Quigley’s chair.

“There’s an empty chair where Terry has sat for 21 years, and there’s a huge hole in our hearts,” Mayor Sandy Martin said.

She said Quigley was “always enthusiastic” and “always prepared, and he provided insight and thoughtful analysis on every issue before us. We all knew that Terry would not only study the information in his packet, but also dig into wider analysis and study from every source that he could find.”

A graduate of Washington High School in St. Paul, Quigley spent six decades with Deluxe Corp., then based in Shoreview. He started as a press operator and over the years held several jobs. He was vice president of human resources for 21 years.

He retired from Deluxe in 1995, and continued to volunteer with many organizations. He was a guardian ad litem for the 2nd Judicial District, reading mentor for Mounds View Public Schools and director of Junior Achievement North. He was a longtime contributor to the Minnesota Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, having served as chair from 1995 to 2001.

“In his own quiet way, he worked behind the scenes in so many venues for many years,” Martin said in January. “And probably still last week, he was counseling veterans who had lost their jobs. He provided hope, he provided encouragement and a practical plan for their futures.”

Quigley is survived by his wife, Kay, five children, and 15 grandchildren.

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