Retired Police Chief Backs John Gunyou for Park Commissioner

Gunyou is one of two candidates running for the position.


Editor’s Note: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Joy Rikala, retired Minnetonka police chief.


I have just finished my Saturday morning long run around Medicine Lake, through French Lake Park and the Three Rivers trails.  I was pleased to see bikers, roller bladers, kayakers, sailors, walkers, and participants in a 5k Lupus walk all enjoying this beautiful park so early on a sunny September morning.  It served as a unceasing reminder of how blessed we are to have the resources of the Three Rivers Parks to enjoy, and the need to continue their maintenance and enhancement in the forward years.  For this reason, I am supporting John Gunyou as Three River’s Park District Board 4 Commissioner. 

I was fortunate to serve under John as the Minnetonka Police Chief while he was City Manager.  He lead with a philosophy of consensus building, fiscal responsibility, environmental preservation, and strengthening city planning for the future, all qualities that he would bring to the Three Rivers Park Commission.  John has a lifetime love of parks and natural areas, and as Minnetonka City Manager worked hard to ensure that open space, thriving parks and natural resources were always on the forefront of City policy.  I am positive he would use these same leadership skills to ensure all of us will be able to enjoy the wonderful resources of the Three Rivers Parks now and in the future.


Joy Rikala

Plymouth, MN

Retired, Minnetonka Police Chief


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