City Council

The Silver Lake City Council consists of the Mayor and four Councilors who serve the needs and wants of the community. Get to know your Councilors and Mayor by reading some biography information.

Mayor Bruce Bebo
Liaison for Administration
Councilor Sandie Adams-Bruins
Liaison for Public Safety
Councilor Michelle Schneider
Liaison for Municipal Liquor Dispensary
Councilor Josh Winfrey
Liaison for Community Development/Planning Commission
Councilor Chris Penaz
Liaison for Public Works

Mayor

  • Bruce Bebo

    • Contact: mayor.bebo@cityofsilverlake.org

    • Term 2021-2022

      • Where were you born?

        • On a farm right here in the Silver Lake area.

      • When did you move to Silver Lake?

        • I moved into the city shortly after high school?

      • Family

        • My wife Deb and over the years, many friendly dogs.

      • What motivated you to run for office?

        • I have always felt that it is everyone's responsibility to give back to your community in one way or another.

      • What are some hobbies you enjoy?

        • Golf, hunting deer and pheasant, biking and basically anything outdoors.

      • What are your goals for Silver Lake?

        • Do your best to bring the community together as a whole and always keep everyone’s best interest in mind. While we may not always totally agree on everything and at times things can be a bit painful, but at the end of the day if you can look at yourself in the mirror and feel you made the right decision on some tough issues, that is all that can be asked of anyone.

      • What's a fun fact about you?

        • While I really enjoy gardening, my thumb is probably far from being “green”.

Councilors

  • Sandie Adams-Bruins

    • Contact: councilor.adams-bruins@cityofsilverlake.org

    • Term 2021-2024

      • Where were you born?

        • I was born in Minneapolis, and grew up in Maple Plain, MN & Medina, MN

      • When did you move to Silver Lake?

        • We moved to Silver lake in approximately 2015

      • Family: 

        • "It's complicated". My husband Bob & I are empty-nesters.  I raised 9 children (Two are now deceased) from a previous relationship. Bob has 3 adult children from a previous relationship.  Between us we have 14 Grandchildren.

      • What motivated you to run for office? 

        • I really enjoy our small town. I like the people and the sense of community.  I want to do what I can to help our community grow, and be the very best it can be.  That being said, there are some decisions that have been made on behalf of our community that I have felt were mistakes.  So instead of just complaining, I decided to step up and do what I can to help improve the situations.

      • What are some hobbies you enjoy? 

        • I'm an avid outdoors person.  I love softball, fishing, golfing, working with my dogs and traveling.  I also am a late blooming wildlife artist, so much of my time is spent in my studio/office painting. Of course playing with our Grandchildren is one of my favorite things to do!

      • What are your goals for Silver Lake? 

        • My only goal is to leave Silver Lake better than it was when I arrived.

      • What's a fun fact about you? 

        • I Volunteer in Search & Rescue.  Me and my 2 two bloodhounds are Nationally Certified in Mantrailing, and we volunteer our time to find lost and missing children, vulnerable adults, lost hunters & elderly folks who have wandered off. We work with Law Enforcement & Fire Departments and are on call 24/7 . We do this completely free of charge.

  • Josh Winfrey

  • Michelle Schneider

    • Contact: councilor.schneider@cityofsilverlake.org

    • Term 20121-2024
      • Where were you born?

        • In a corn field in the back of a car off of highway 25 just south of Foley, MN.

      • When did you move to Silver Lake?

        • July, 2018

      • Family

        • Married to David for 11 years and have 5 kids together. The youngest of four siblings and the only one who is married and has children.

      • What motivated you to run for office?

        • Curiosity and a desire to invest in the community.

      • What are some hobbies you enjoy?

        • Puzzling, reading, and crafting.

      • ​What are your goals for Silver Lake?

        • Improved infrastructure to facilitate residential and commercial growth.

      • What's a fun fact about you?

        • I grew up in a family that did not observe Christmas or birthdays.

  • Chris Penaz

    • Contact: councilor.penaz@cityofsilverlake.org

    • Term 2019-2022
      • Where were you born?  

        • I was born in Litchfield, MN.

      • When did you move to Silver Lake?

        • I moved to Silver Lake in 1979.

      • Family

        • Married to my wife Amy, and have two sons and a granddaughter.

      • What motivated you to run for office?

        • I was motivated to run for Council a few years ago but had no time. Now that I have the time to dedicate, I would like to try and apply my knowledge and experience to help grow our City for future generations.

      • What are some hobbies you enjoy?

        • My hobbies and interests would be hunting and fishing with the family.

      • ​What are your goals for Silver Lake?

        • My goal is to keep Silver Lake a close community that is a pleasant and safe place to live and raise a family, and to build a strong infrastructure and control costs for future generations.

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