Karl Flier was sworn onto the Backus City Council on Monday, Feb. 3, to fill a vacancy left by former council member Richie Bean.
Bean left the council when he moved for his job and no longer qualified for the position.
Flier is a Backus resident of 29 years. He came to the area from Goodland and immediately began work with the Pine River-Backus School District. He began as head engineer at the Backus School building and became the director of buildings and grounds when he and his staff moved to the school in Pine River.
He served the Backus Fire Department for 20 years, including nine as chief, retiring last spring.
Except for his position as fire chief, Flier has never been an elected member of any unit of government, though he has been a part of committees with the school district.
“I joined to help the city go in the right direction and move forward,” Flier said.
Former council member Chuck Dufour also applied for the open council seat but withdrew his application later.