Council Members

Mayor Kathi Hemken (2009-2020)

Kathi HemkenMayor Hemken was elected to her first term as mayor in 2008 and was reelected in 2012 and 2016. She has been a resident of New Hope since 1976.

Hemken’s community involvement includes: New Hope Planning Commission member and chair, Metropolitan Council Land Use Committee, North Metro Mayors Association (president two years), Hennepin County Active Living, Regional Council of Mayors, Northwest YMCA board member, New Hope Women of Today, League of Women Voters of Crystal, New Hope, and East Plymouth, Ambassador Care Facility Advisory Board, School District 281 volunteer.

Hemken is a retired production control supervisor at Honeywell. She has a B.S. degree from the University of Minnesota.

Phone: 763.537.7990

Council Member John Elder (2009-2022)

John Elder

Council member Elder was appointed to the City Council in May 2008 to fill a vacant Council seat. He was elected to complete the final two years of the unexpired term in a Special Election in November 2008 and reelected to four year terms in 2010, 2014 and 2018. He has been a resident of New Hope for more than 25 years.

Elder’s community involvement includes: New Hope Police Explorers - conducts annual training in hostage/crisis negotiations, Wings Soccer Club/Minnesota Thunder West Academy manager, Commissioner for the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission, and New Hope Community Farmer's Market founding and current Board Member.

Elder has worked for 30 years in law enforcement for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, Lakeville Police Department and New Hope Police Department. He is currently a Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Minneapolis Police Department.

He has a A.A. degree in criminology from North Hennepin Community College, a B.S. in police science from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota and an M.A. in public safety administration from St. Mary’s University.

Phone: 763.913.1472


Council Member Andy Hoffe (2005-2020)

Andy HoffeCouncil member Hoffe was elected to City Council in 2004 and reelected in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He has been a resident of New Hope for more than 40 years.

Hoffe’s community involvement includes: Northwest Community Television board

Hoffe is a retired District 281 government and economics teacher at Robbinsdale and Cooper high schools. He is an active substitute teacher for the district. He has a B.A. degree in social studies and business education.

Phone: 763.537.2647


Council Member Jonathan London (2015-2022)

Jonathan LondonCouncil member London was elected to his first term in 2014 and reelected to another four year term in 2018.

London’s community involvement includes serving on the New Hope Citizen Advisory Commission, Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School.

London is an investment advisor for Gardner Advisors, Inc.

He has a BBA from University of Wisconsin, Madison in accounting, economics and finance and an International Business Certificate.

Phone: 763.546.1293

Council Member Cedrick Frazier (2018-2020)

Council Member FrazierCouncil member Frazier was appointed to the New Hope City Council in August 2018 to fill a vacant council seat.

Frazier has been involved in New Hope for several years, including serving on the city’s planning commission from 2017 until his appointment to City Council. His other Twin Cities community involvement includes serving as an election judge in Minneapolis, and volunteer work at William McGee Moot Court, HOME Line Connect, the YMCA’s Youth in Government Day, Street Law at Johnson Elementary School, and Loaves & Fishes.

Frazier has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Morris, an M.A. from Minnesota State University and a J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. He has worked in the legal profession for more than a decade, and currently serves as a staff attorney for Education Minnesota.

Phone: 612.296.0573