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 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, in October, 2014, and acclaimed again in October, 2018.
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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 fourth term with the Municipality of Killarney – Turtle Mountain. Randy sits on the Lake Quality Committee, LUD of Ninga, Turtle Mountain Conservation District and Pelican Lake Advisory Committee. Randy was re-elected to Council in 2010, October, 2014, and again in October 2018.
Connie Blixhavn, Councillor
Connie and her husband Bruce moved to the family farm 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 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 they made the move to town as they transition the farm to their youngest son and daughter-in-law. Connie has served on Council since 2010 and was re-elected to Council in October, 2014, and again in October, 2018.
Greg was elected to Council October, 2018. He is originally from Wetaskiwin, AB and after joining the RCMP in 1988, he was posted to Manitoba. Over his 26 year career with the RCMP he served in 8 different communities and sections of the RCMP spanning the provinces of MB and AB. Greg served in Melita, Gypsumville, Killarney, Integrated Border Enforcement (after 9/11), Melita again as a Cpl, Brooks, AB as a Sgt., Professional Standards in Wpg HQ, and Virden as a S/Sgt. Greg retired in the fall of 2013 and in 2014 moved back to Killarney. Greg & his wife Dawn currently live in Killarney and he currently works as a Public Servant for the RCMP. They have 3 children, Benjamin, Melissa and Kaitlyn (Matthew) and 2 grandchildren. Greg currently sits on the Killarney Justice Committee in Killarney which he helped organize while stationed in Killarney in 1999.
Joan Kemp, Councillor
Elected to Council in October, 2014 and re-elected to Council in October, 2018. Joan and her husband Keith own an acreage in the rural ward of the Municipality where they reside and operate their businesses. Joan grew up on a mixed farm operation between the communities of Fairfax and Minto. She graduated from Boissevain School and then worked and continued her education in Winnipeg. She moved to Killarney in 1973. She worked for the Turtle Mountain School Division, in retail sales, a business partnership and then for the Town of Killarney and the Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain for 22+ years. She retired from that position in 2011.
Gary King, Councillor
Elected to Council October, 2018. Gary is born and raised in Killarney. He has farmed in Turtle Mountain since his teen years. Gary continues to grain farm along with welcoming the challenges that come along with being on Council. Gary and his wife Hazel have two adult boys, Aaron and Brett.
Janice Smith, Deputy Mayor, 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 in town and enjoys meeting 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 in her new term. Janice was elected to Council in October, 2014, and re-elected to Council in October, 2018.