PLAINVIEW — Roger Ziebell has stepped down from his position as mayor of Plainview.

Ziebell stepped down effective Aug. 7, citing heath reasons. 

"While Mayor Ziebell’s resignation wasn’t completely unexpected, it will still take us a bit of adjustment to get used to," said City Administrator Clarissa Hadler. "Roger was a force for change and, with the assistance of his council members, improved this organization dramatically in the short time he was mayor."

The city council and administration are now in the process of shuffling council assignments and starting the process for appointing a new council member, Hadler said.

Ziebell was elected to a four-year term on the city council in November 2014, then was elected mayor two years later. He was then elected to a second term, which began in 2019. He also served as a member of the planning commission during his time as mayor.

During Tuesday's city council meeting, council member Emilio “Chip” Cuccio was appointed mayor for the remainder of Ziebell’s term, through December 31, 2020. The seat that was formerly held by Cuccio will also be filled by appointment by the council.

In a written statement, Cuccio stated he "wholeheartedly enjoyed working with Roger and he will be sorely missed.” Council member Don Kuschel, in a separate statement, wrote that Ziebell "always did what he felt was in the best interest of the people in our city."

To fill the open city council seat, the city will advertise the position for two weeks and then hold interviews. Applications may be downloaded at or picked up at City Hall.

The city is also seeking applications for planning commissioner. The planning commission meets as needed to address and hold public hearings on planning applications such as conditional-use permits and variances.

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Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.