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Outgoing Councilmembers reflect on service

Former Councilmembers Jon Oleson, Kim Vlaisavljevich and Eldon Spencer reflect on what their time spent serving on the City Council meant to them. 

Jon Oleson 

Jon Oleson is a former Bloomington Planning Commission member, retired public school teacher and administrator. He was elected to serve as Councilmember for District IV in 2013. Oleson and his wife Sandy have been active members of the community since they moved to Bloomington in 2003. Oleson has been a member of the Bloomington United for Youth board, co-chair of the Teen Job Fair and a mentor to teens at his church.

“I’ve really enjoyed interacting with my constituents. The opportunities and challenges of solving problems, sharing ideas, providing information and simply getting to know each other was rewarding,” he said. 

Kim Vlaisavljevich 

Kim Vlaisavljevich was appointed as an At-Large Councilmember in 2016. She has a finance and strategic planning background and has lived in Bloomington for six years. Vlaisavljevich’s civic participation includes promoting diversity through her work with the INROADS mentoring program and WomenVenture business consultants. 

“I enjoyed representing the community and working with council and staff to move forward Bloomington’s strategic priorities,” Vlaisavljevich said. 

Eldon Spencer

Eldon Spencer was appointed to the vacant Council District II seat in 2017. Spencer filled the remainder of Andrew Carlson’s term after his election to the Minnesota House of Representatives. Spencer, who is an attorney and partner in the Minneapolis law firm Leonard, O’Brien, Spencer, Gale and Sayre, has lived in Bloomington for 29 years. He served on the Planning Commission for six years, including serving as its chair, and is the past president of Bloomington DayMakers Rotary Club. Spencer says he enjoyed working to pass T-21, an ordinance that raised the legal age for tobacco sales to 21, preserving City parkland and promoting environmental sustainability initiatives.

“I’m also proud of working to lower the preliminary tax levy increase below the five percent level it was originally proposed to exceed,” Spencer said.