Lori Hirschboeck says it is about civic responsibility. That’s why she will be serving as the second ward city councilor until the end of 2016.

Lori Hirschboeck says it is about civic responsibility. That’s why she will be serving as the second ward city councilor until the end of 2016.

Hirschboeck was appointed to fill the unexpired term of Judy Beech, who died in July. She’d filled a partial term on the city council before, in 2004, and followed that with eight years on the school board, so she has a good understanding of what such a position requires.

“My life has changed since those years,” said Hirschboeck, referring mainly to her full-time position at BIC Graphics. “When I was asked by a few people if I would consider serving on the city council, my first thought was wondering if it would fit with my job.” She spoke with her supervisor and was assured they could make it work. “In fact, she was very supportive,” said Hirschboeck.

That is where a belief in civic responsibility comes in. She wasn’t actually looking for something more to do and she doesn’t have any specific city issues in mind. “I decided that if the council has confidence in me, then I could serve the community in this way,” she said.

With her past experience, Hirschboeck feels comfortable about procedures and her duties and is looking forward to learning about the issues the council is dealing with. She’ll take office at the council’s Nov. 10 meeting.

Hirschboeck’s decision to serve on the council wasn’t made alone. “John (her husband) and I talked it over,” she said. “We agreed I should serve through 2016. At this point I don’t anticipate running for the position when the term expires; we have to see how it goes.”

John and Lori are the owners of J & L Printing. They have two sons: George is an ICU nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester; Sam is in his second year at Minnesota West in Jackson, studying to be an electrician.