Mark Windschitl was first elected to the position of mayor by Special Election on January 19, 2010 and has been re-elected three times since then. The Chaska City Council and city staff have worked well together during this time to develop a reputation for keeping Chaska taxes as one of the lowest in the metro area. They also look forward to many future developments and events that are in the works, including the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in 2016, named as one of the top 4 sporting events in the world. We are looking forward to the completion of the Fireman’s Park project that was started late in 2014.
Mark recently retired as a full-time assistant chief of operations for the St. Louis Park Fire Department. He has served as interim fire chief. He worked alongside the former fire chief to oversee the recent building of two new fire stations in St. Louis Park which came in under budget and on time.
Mark has responded to numerous local, regional and national incidents, including; acting as one of two chiefs sent to an area southwest of New Orleans, Belle Chasse in Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina. 40 miles of the 80-mile stretch was devastated. They provided fire services, handed out food and water, and rendered assistance to the only fire department operable after the hurricane.
On two separate occasions Mark went to Moorhead during the floods of 2009 where he worked alongside the Moorhead operations chief in charge of sandbagging and monitoring operations. During the 35W bridge collapse, Mark was the logistics chief for the incident. He was also in charge of the strike team that assisted with forest fires in the Boundary Waters Canoe area known as Ham Lake and he has helped out during the devastating floods in Zumbro Falls.
At the close of 2013, Mark ended a 2-year term as president of Hennepin County Fire Chiefs Association. He was the chairperson of the SW Mutual Aid Joint Operations, which is a group of cites that work together regularly at major incidents. This committee coordinates training and equipment purchases. It reviews ways in which their cities can work better together, share costs, and finding ways to save money.
Mark is very active in the Chaska community as well, having co-chaired two State Amateur Baseball tournaments at Chaska Athletic Park, been a co-owner of a small local business, past employee of the Chaska public works department, and retired from the Chaska fire department after 21 years of service. He lives on Mallary Lane in Chaska and is the father of 3 children and a proud grandpa to 4 grandchildren. He recently got engaged to Connie.