Austin Mayor Tom Stiehm has been honored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) with the Jack Murray Award for his excellence in service to Greater Minnesota.
The Jack Murray Award is given to city officials who demonstrate knowledge, leadership, and active participation in CGMC program areas over their public service career. The award is named for Jack Murray, former mayor of International Falls, who was instrumental in the CGMC’s formation.
Stiehm, who did not run for re-election this year, has devoted his life and career to public service. A Marine Corps and law enforcement veteran, Stiehm was first elected mayor of Austin in 2006 and began serving on the CGMC board of directors in 2011, most recently serving as vice president in 2019-2020. As a co-chair of the CGMC’s Local Government Aid (LGA) and property taxes committee, Stiehm played a key role in shaping the organization’s policy positions and legislative priorities. He has also been vital to the CGMC’s efforts to promote LGA and other important issues in the media. In 2019, he was actively involved in the CGMC’s successful push for an LGA increase and helped lead a press conference at the wastewater treatment plant when Governor Walz came to Austin to discuss and promote the importance of LGA.
CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing more than 100 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.