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Lynn Morris appointed to Solon City Council

City quickly fills seat vacated by Grover
Lynn Morris reviews budget documents during the Solon City Council’s Jan. 20 meeting. Morris, a member of the city’s Board of Adjustment, was appointed to fill the unexpired council term of Casey Grover at the beginning of the meeting and was sworn into office by Mayor Steve Stange. (photo by Doug Lindner)

SOLON– The “No Vacancy” sign has been turned back on.
At a Jan. 6 Solon City Council meeting, Mayor Steve Stange read a letter of resignation from council member Casey Grover.
By the Jan. 20 meeting, newly-appointed member Lynn Morris was sworn into office.
Morris, 52, has been a resident of Solon since 2003, and recently served a term on the city’s Board of Adjustment.
During the same Jan. 6 meeting in which Grover’s resignation was announced, council members approved a motion to appoint a replacement.
The following Monday, Stange said he independently visited with each of the council members to consider the appointment of Morris as Grover’s replacement. Her service on the Board of Adjustment, he said, would allow her to readily step into the role of councilperson. She would also provide some gender balance for the council, he added.
By law, residents can petition the city for a special election through Feb. 3.
When the agenda item came up at the Jan. 20 meeting, Stange asked city staff if anyone else expressed an interest in serving.
City Administrator Cami Rasmussen said a man had inquired about the position during voting for the county election Jan. 19, but didn’t leave his name or contact information.
There was no further discussion.
“Seeing that there had not been a lot of interest shown in the fall election, and due to the timing of Casey Grover’s resignation, and we do have an interested person, Lynn Morris,” said council member Mark Krall, “I feel that we should appoint her to the council.”
“Is that a motion?” asked Stange asked.
“I’ll make it a motion,” Krall replied.
After a second by council member Dale Snipes, the appointment was approved on a 3-0 vote, and Morris was sworn in and took a seat at the table for the rest of the meeting.
Casey Grover was elected to a four-year term in November 2013. Morris will fill the remainder of his term, which expires December 2017.
Morris grew up on a farm near Welton, north of DeWitt, and attended high school in DeWitt before attending Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. She graduated from Mount Mercy with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing and pursued a career in home health nursing, first in Raleigh, N.C., and then in Chicago before taking a post in 1992 with the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Johnson County in Iowa City.
She spent about two decades as a supervisor and clinical services manager with the VNA, and now serves as director of nursing for Therapy Solutions, Inc., a home health care agency in Cedar Rapids.
Morris met her husband, Greg, in 2002, and they married in 2003. She has two sons, James and Jake, both graduates of the Solon Community School District, and a daughter-in-law, Taylor.
Morris said she had no idea why Stange approached her with the idea of serving on the council, but admitted she had thought about it previously.
“I didn’t have time,” she said, but noted, “I really like Solon and I have always wanted to be involved.”
Morris said she was honored to be asked, and had to think about it.
“When you’re asked to do a civil service, I think you should at least try,” she said. “If I’m going to live in a community, and it’s going to be where I live and retire, I think, why not get involved and participate in the city’s activities?”
When asked if she had a specific area of interest, Morris responded, “All of it.
“I am coming in completely open-minded,” she said. “I love living in this town, and for it to sustain is important to me.”
She promised a thoughtful approach.
“In my job, there’s always an end result to the decision you make, and you have to be thinking about that end result while you’re making the decision,” she said. “Sometimes you have five minutes to make the decision, sometimes you have a day or two.”
She admitted to having little experience with municipal affairs, but had already started the process of getting familiar with what’s going on at City Hall.
“They have made it clear that I can ask any question,” she said of the city’s elected officials and staff.
Morris described herself as honest and approachable.
The reality, she said, is people have to work, and sometimes they can’t make comments about city issues during business hours. She pledged to make herself available, but noted she wouldn’t take or return phone calls after 10 p.m.
“If I’m out at Beef Days, please talk to me; if I’m walking my walk, please talk to me,” she said.