Council

The Municipality of Killarney - Turtle Mountain is governed by a Mayor and six councillors.

KIllarney - Turtle Mountain Mayor & Council

Rick Pauls, Mayor:
Served one term as councillor and ran in By-Election for Mayor and was elected in June, 2007. He owns and operates the local Community Florist and Jewellery Store as well as Blarney Stone Pub & Restaurant (Chicken Delight) and has been involved with the hospitality industry for 20 years. Rick was re-elected as Mayor in 2010, and again in October, 2014.

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Randy Hodge, Councillor:
Randy is semi-retired after many years with the Co-op Retailing System in several communities. He lives on a small farm with his wife Sharon and raises grass, cattle, and horses. He has been involved in many community committees over the years such as the Ag Society, Little Irish Downs Racetrack, and the Justice Committee. He is serving his second term with the Municipality of Killarney – Turtle Mountain. Randy is Deputy Mayor and sits on the Personnel and Policy Committee, Kerry Park & Agricultural Grounds Committee, Lake Quality Committee, LUD of Ninga, Turtle Mountain Conservation District, and the Veterinarian Clinic Board. Randy was re-elected to Council in 2010 and again in October, 2014.

Connie Blixhavn, Deputy Mayor, Councillor

Connie has lived with her husband Bruce on the family farm since January of 1976. They have two married children Harley(Natacha) and Jeremy(Melissa) and 3 grandchildren. She retired from her job as Payroll Benefits Administrator at the local school division 3 years ago and has become active with the local Communities in Bloom Group, volunteered with the youth curling and has a small hobby helping people design their yards. She has been a member of the Provincial Farm Products Marketing Board for 4 years. She is an active partner in the farm and is looking forward to a move to town as they transition the farm to their youngest son and daughter-in-law. Connie was re-elected to Council in October, 2014.

Mike Bellew, Councillor
Mike immigrated to Killarney from New Zealand in 1979. He first worked as a heavy duty diesel mechanic. In 1983 he purchased Kiwi Welding and Machine Shop with his brother John and then later sold his portion of the business to him in 2001. Mike then worked as a 5th Class power engineer at the local Feedmax. He has been very involved in the community and has served on the Fire Department for 25 1/2 years and was Fire Chief during that time as well. He was elected to Council in 1992 - 1995 and re-elected in 2010. Mike is married to Sandy. She has 3 daughters and he has 2 daughters, 1 son and they have 5 grandsons between them. Mike was re-elected to Council in October, 2014.

Ron Opperman, Councillor
Ron moved back to Killarney in 1975. He is married and has three children. He has 18 years of Council experience: 1989 – 1995, 1995 – 1998, 2002-2006. Ron retired in September of 2006 from his own business, The Rolling Pin Bakery, which his son has taken over. Ron was re-elected to Council in October, 2010, and again in October, 2014.

Joan Kemp, Councillor

Janice Smith, Councillor

Janice moved to Killarney in 1996, from Brandon.. Her husband Paul, son Payton and herself were thrilled to come and live in this rural area. Janice works at Community Florist Jewellery and Gift where she is a florist and enjoys working with the public. She loves to garden and she takes advantage of all the lakeside activities Killarney has to offer. Janice has volunteered for many community events and groups and looks forward to serving the community as a new councillor. Janice was elected to Council in October, 2014.