Justin Olsen was first elected to the City Council in January, 2008. He brought a strong business and “civic-minded” background to the position that served the community well during our Nation’s financial downturn. His leadership and managerial experience helped to structure our city in a fiscally responsible way that led to much of the subsequent success we’ve experienced – especially in the area of Economic Development.
During his second term, he offered additional vision and guidance resulting in substantial community upgrades including success in our business park, the addition of numerous new neighborhoods, and ultimately the achievement of a much-needed new Central Fire Station. Upon completing his term, he stepped out of the public eye to care for his family and make a career change that required his full attention.
Justin’s “hallmark” has always been his strong dedication and calling to service and this is perhaps what he is best known for. In 2004, he volunteered for four years as a board member on the Cottage Grove Public Safety, Health and Welfare Commission. Civically he has served as a past President of the Cottage Grove Strawberry Festival Committee, past Vice-President of the Cottage Grove Economic Development Authority, past Vice-President of one of our local Lions Clubs, and a longtime volunteer coach for CGAA youth sports.
Lastly, Justin has served as a business mentor for high school students who participate in local DECA and Junior Achievement chapters. As a former "DECA kid" himself, he finds it rewarding to work in developing today's emerging leaders in the pursuit of their educational and professional goals.
Olsen has lived in Cottage Grove for over 38 years. He and his wife Kim who have been married for almost 20 years are homeowners and have raised two children, Corbin and Rose who attend Park High school. Justin himself is a proud graduate of Park, class of 1988. Their family are also long-term members of All Saints Lutheran Church.
Professionally, Olsen bring a substantial background in management and leadership development. His career as a District Sales Manager has spanned over 25 years in a variety of retail and wholesale industries, including managing budgets of well over $100 million annually. He is currently employed as a multi-unit supervisor overseeing 15 locations in three states for Dollar Tree stores.