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 Dorothy Butler
Liaison for Administration and Public Safety
Councilor Nolan Johnson
Liaison for Community Development/Planning Commission
Councilor Brenda Fogarty
Liaison for Recreation: Parks, Pool and Forestry
Councilor Josh Winfrey
Liaison for Public Works
Councilor Chris Penaz
Liaison for Municipal Liquor Dispensary

Mayor

  • Dorothy 'Dot' Butler

    • Contact: silverlake.mayor@mediacombb.net

    • Term 2019-2020

      • Where were you born? 

        • Chicago, IL

      • When did you move to Silver Lake?

        • I moved here in 1993 with my son and rented an apartment above the Variety Store.

      • Family:

        • My son and I are very close and in many ways he has taught me a lot about life. My husband and I are very similar, we both work very hard but in our spare time we are practically inseparable.

      • What motivated you to run for office?

        • I ran for many reasons: I am a Real Estate Agent and when I ask people if they would consider living in Silver Lake, they typically say they don’t think there are enough amenities; that made me want to step up and enhance our community; next, because I feel the need to help find ways to improve our infrastructure and bring it up to date. And lastly, because I love this town and want to see it succeed while still keeping the core values and fundamentals that our parents and grandparents built this town on. 

      • What are some hobbies you enjoy?

        • I love to cut the lawn, play golf and cook for my family.

      • ​What are your goals for Silver Lake?

        • My goals are to trim wasteful spending, grow our economy by being open to new businesses and homes coming to town, and update some of our city owned properties.

      • What's a fun fact about you?

        • When I first moved to Minnesota in 1988, I stayed at the Gallery Motel in Silver Lake for a week until my apartment was ready. I spent my spare time walking around town and getting to know the area, I found it to be a safe and friendly town and that’s when I fell in love with the town and knew I would be back to stay someday.

Councilors

  • Nolan Johnson

  • Josh Winfrey

  • Brenda Fogarty

    • Contact: councilorbfogarty@gmail.com

    • Term 2017-2020
      • Where were you born?

        • I was born in Glencoe. I grew up on a farm between Winsted and Howard Lake.

      • When did you move to Silver Lake?

        • My family and I moved to Silver Lake in 1989.

      • Family

        • Husband: Pat; Children: Jessica, Felicia, and Colin;  and 4 Grandchildren

      • What motivated you to run for office?

        • I love this community.   People were so friendly and giving to us when we first came to the community that I wanted to give back by serving on the council.

      • What are some hobbies you enjoy?

        • I love crafting, baking, gardening, landscaping, and just being outdoors.

      • ​What are your goals for Silver Lake?

        • My goals for the community are to maintain the small town atmosphere while trying to attract businesses to want to be a part of this great city.  Also, I want to help get the infrastructure updated and keep on a budget.

      • What's a fun fact about you?

        • I am one of nine kids!

  • Chris Penaz

    • Contact: campenaz@gmail.com

    • 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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Address: 308 Main St. W

                Silver Lake, MN 55381

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