Lin Chapé is stepping down from her position on the Newton City Council, effective immediately, as she prepares to move to the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area.
“I know this headline may be a shock to my constituents, friends and the wonderful community of Newton,” said Chapé. “But after a recent battle with colon and bladder cancer, I’ve been given good news at all of my follow-ups from my wonderful medical team at Skiff Medical Center and the Mercy Health Network. And as a four time cancer survivor, I’ve decided to not push my luck and take advantage of my good fortune.”
“I have put my house on the market and will be moving to the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area as soon as my house sells. I’ve loved the area and have always thought of moving there in time, and with my health, that time is now. It’s hard to leave each of you, this wonderful community and our exciting journey but I know this is what I need to do.”
“Lin has done an outstanding job serving our community as at-large council member,” said Mayor Mike Hansen. “Her ability to connect with her constituents and her leadership style will be greatly missed. I wish her well.”
“In my time with the City of Newton, Lin has been a dedicated elected official. She has shown a strong dedication to our community and a deep understanding of those living here,” said Matt Muckler, city administrator. “We will miss her in her official capacity but know that she will continue to be an active member of our community until she leaves for Tennessee.”
Chapé has served on the Newton City Council since 2014, sits on the Newton Main Street Board of Directors, serves on the Skiff Medical Center and owns Chapé Consults, LLC. She’s also a member of the Greater Area Newton Chamber of Commerce and volunteers with many local and area organizations.
“I do want to share three things that I’ve learned from my time in Newton. First, everyone should serve their community in some way, shape or form because serving your community is the only way to truly live in your community. Second, attend meetings and ask questions. You can do these hand in hand or just reach out to City Council members and directors of different organizations, such as Newton Main Street, the Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce or Newton Development Corporation. Last, be patient with change. Change is hard but change is a good thing.”