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Carrie Harbach

Sturtevant trustees Tuesday welcomed new board member Carrie Harbach. She was sworn in to take Gary Johnson’s seat after he resigned last year to run a winery in Steven’s Point.

Harbach said she notified Village President Steve Jansen about the opportunity because after serving on the Sturtevant Fireworks committee for four years she was ready to take a bigger step into community service. She was one of two applicants.

“I love working with the committee, but now that I live here, I thought it was time to get more involved in the village,” she said.

Though she’s been helping put together the annual fireworks festival for several years, Harbach has only been a Sturtevant resident for about six months but said she has always liked the village’s small town feel.

Jansen has no doubt that Harbach will be a positive addition to the village board.

“I’ve seen her in action with the (fireworks) committee and appreciate her enthusiasm and organizational skills,” he said. “Besides, we’re an all-male board and we could use the diversity!”

Now that Harbach is officially a Sturtevant trustee, Jansen will re-organize committee assignments.

Harbach will serve until April 2016 which would have marked the end of Johnson’s current term.