Thursday, December 29, 2011
Meet the new city administrator of Mendota Heights.
Patch caught up with the new city administrator of Mendota Heights, Justin Miller, on his first day at the office Dec. 28 to learn more about the new face at Mendota Heights City Hall. Miller hadn't unpacked his office yet, but he took a few minutes to answer some questions about his dinner table and what it is that a city administrator does. Mendota Heights Patch: Where are you coming from? Miller: I’ve just recently completed five-and-a-half years as the city administrator of Falcon Heights; before that I was the assistant city administrator of Chanhassen for four years. Previous to that I worked for two years in the city manager’s office at the city of Des Moines, IA. Patch: Why did you come to Minnesota? Miller: My wife—at the …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Mary K. Schultz is expected to begin Jan. 1.
The Lilydale City Council has chosen a replacement for their departing city administrator. Mary K. Schultz, the city clerk/administrator of Hampton, about 27 miles south on Highway 52, was chosen from two finalists interviewed by the full council last week. She is a resident of Rosemount. Outgoing city administrator Teish Stafne put her notice of resignation in over the summer. She is moving to Iowa, but will serve as a consultant to the city until the annual audit is complete sometime early next year. Schultz has worked in Hampton since 2007, according to her resume. Before that, she stayed home with her children, having left a career in social work in 2001. “The council decided on the candidate that best fits the needs that Lilydale has …
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Justin Miller, city administrator for Falcon Heights, was chosen from three finalists.
The Mendota Heights City Council announced their pick for city administrator Friday. Their selection, Justin Miller, is the city administrator for Falcon Heights. He was one of three finalists interviewed Thursday for the position. The city received 45 applications for the job of city administrator following the departure of David McKnight over the summer. McKnight left to take the city administrator position in his hometown of Farmington. Council member Jack Vitelli said that the three finalists were all solid candidates, but he was particularly impressed by Miller’s forthright and intelligent responses to interview questions as well as his personality. Vitelli also said that Miller had been the second choice in 2009 when McKnight was …
Monday, October 10, 2011
City administrators for Dayton, Falcon Heights and Hugo will be interviewed this week.
Three finalists for the position of Mendota Heights city administrator have been announced: • Michael Ericson, city administrator for Hugo, MN • Justin Miller, city administrator for Falcon Heights, MN • Samantha Orduno, city administrator for Dayton, MN The candidates are scheduled to be interviewed starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at Mendota Heights City Hall. Former City Administrator David McKnight left over the summer to take the administrator position in his hometown of Farmington.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Mendota Heights Patch sits down with the mayors of Mendota Heights, Mendota and Lilydale for regular city updates—all in about a minute.
Lilydale Mayor Anita Pampusch invites residents of Lilydale and surrounding communities to Lilydaze, Sept. 17. Pampusch also explains that the position of city clerk/administrator is now posted through the League of Minnesota Cities.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Mendota staffer steps in to help with transition.
City Administrator Teish Stafne told the Lilydale City Council last week that she intends to move to Iowa sometime in spring. An arrangement with Mendota will allow her to work part-time moving forward. Stafne was hired in 2009 to replace Joan Olin. Stafne told Patch that her husband took a position near Iowa City the first week of July. For now, she has been taking off Fridays to spend the weekends in Iowa. At some point in September, she’ll be reducing her hours to three days a week in Lilydale. A part-time office assistant, Lois Owen, has been in the office on Fridays. Mendota’s city administrator, Jennifer Bruestle, has agreed to fill in on Thursdays. “She’s close by and has experience because she’s doing the same thing,” said …
Thursday, August 18, 2011
David McKnight will move to his new position in Farmington at the end of the month.
City Administrator David McKnight sat in on his last Mendota Heights City Council meeting Tuesday. McKnight has accepted the position of city administrator in his hometown of Farmington, where he will begin work at the end of the month. “I get a chance to go home,” he explained to the public. The council and staff will meet Aug. 30 to begin the selection process for his replacement. City Engineer John Mazzitello has stepped in as interim administrator while a replacement is found. McKnight was hired in 2009 after the retirement of Jim Danielson. Mayor Sandra Krebsbach thanked McKnight for his expertise during her transition, for maintaining the city’s finances, and for aiding in the appointment of Mike Povolny. “It was all handled with …
Thursday, June 30, 2011
David McKnight will be leading the city he grew up in, marking the second public leadership position to accept a position in Farmington this week.
The city of Farmington has handed a double whammy to Mendota Heights leadership this week. Mendota Heights City Administrator David McKnight is expected to become the new Farmington city administrator by the end of the summer. “They offered me the job yesterday and I accepted,” said McKnight, who is a resident of Farmington. The Farmington City Council was expected to narrow their list of candidates down this week, but in discussion determined they all had the same top pick, according to a report by Thisweek Live. McKnight’s roots in the community—he was once on the city council— were cited as a deciding factor. “I knew that he would have another city management position in his career,” said Mendota Heights Mayor Sandra Krebsbach. “I think…
Thursday, June 16, 2011
David McKnight, Mendota Heights city administrator since November of 2009, is a Farmington resident.
Mendota Heights City Administrator David McKnight is a contender for the position of city administrator in Farmington, MN. McKnight’s application has been selected as one of six to be considered for interviews starting later this month, confirmed Georgia Larson of the Farmington Human Resources Department. McKnight is a resident of Farmington, former city council member and ran for mayor in 2008. "After the position opened up in April I was encouraged to apply by a number of individuals and will participate in the interview process next week," said McKnight in an email. "Farmington is my hometown and a place that holds a special place to me. I look forward to discussing the future of the city with the city council, staff and residents …
Saturday, February 19, 2011
The first city administrator in Mendota Heights created the blueprint for the valuable local government role.
As the first person to hold the position of city administrator in Mendota Heights, it was up to Orvil J. Johnson to develop a blueprint for the job at a time of tremendous city growth. Johnson served under the late Donald Huber, who was mayor of Mendota Heights from 1961 to 1976. "Orvil had to create a position that didn't exist while gaining the support of the City Council and the staff as he began to run the day-to-day operations of the city," said former mayor John Huber, son of Donald. "He had the skills to make that work and he did it wonderfully." Johnson passed away on Jan. 19 at the age of 88. Funeral services were held at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in West St. Paul, where he had formerly served as a finance member. A veteran of…