City News

Awards and Recognition
Clint Gridley, City Administrator, Woodbury, has received the Dr. Robert A. Barrett Award for Management Excellence from the Minnesota City/County Management Association (MCMA). The annual award acknowledges an MCMA member who is an exemplary role model, leader, and mentor in the profession of local government management.

Gridley has been Woodbury City Administrator since 2004. Prior to that he served as City Administrator in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and as an Assistant City Manager in Miamisburg, Ohio and Highland Park, Illinois.

Gridley was selected for this recognition based on nomination by Woodbury elected officials and staff. They cited his work to enhance the efficiency and transparency of city operations, spirit of collaboration in working with other local governments, inspired leadership and development of city staff, and commitment to mentoring future local government professionals. They particularly acknowledged his adept handling of city finances, which allowed Woodbury to navigate the recession with only minimal disruption to city operations.

Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens said, “He exemplifies innovative, thoughtful, professional public service that exceeds the expectation of his customers. He is truly a leader in the city management profession. We are proud to work with him and call him a City of Woodbury employee.”

The award is named in honor of Dr. Robert A. Barrett, who served as the director of the Urban and Regional Studies Institute at Minnesota State University-Mankato, and as secretariat for the MCMA, until his death in 1998.

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The Niche organization recently released its list of 2015 Best Towns in America. Eden Prairie came in as the highest-ranking Minnesota city at No. 26. Other Minnesota cities on the top 100 list are Bloomington (No. 67), Eagan (No. 71), Plymouth (No. 75), and Northfield (No. 77).

Niche ranks towns based on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation. A high ranking indicates that a town offers a high quality of life to its residents. Founded in 2002, Niche also provides rankings and reviews on neighborhoods, colleges, and K-12 schools across the country.

Staff News
After 44 years of service to the community she grew up in, Pat Nusbaum retired on May 30 from her position as Elysian city administrator. The City of Elysian expresses deep appreciation to one of its finest!

During her tenure, Nusbaum made many changes and accomplished a variety of goals. These accomplishments include implementing planning and zoning, installing a new water tower, paving of streets, and installing a new sewer system. She also oversaw making the newest community jewel a reality—the Elysian Library and Heritage Center. In addition Nusbaum was always eager to welcome new business to the community.

Over the years, Nusbaum has also been a star volunteer. How many people use their vacation to organize, schedule, manage orders, and ensure the success of the community’s annual July 4th Celebration? She did all of this while also making sure all things are in compliance to ensure everyone’s safety.

Nusbaum made so many improvements to Elysian because of her passion and pride and heart of gold. Her community is her pride and joy.

On behalf of the whole community of Elysian, we offer Nusbaum our best wishes for health and happiness as she begins a new journey in life.

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Roseville Public Works Director Duane Schwartz retired on April 30 after 32 years with the city. Former Assistant Public Works Director/City Engineer Marcus Culver was promoted to serve as the new public works director.

Schwartz’s tenure with Roseville
Schwartz worked for Roseville from 1974 to 1978 as an Engineering Technician. He then ran a dairy farm for several years while he and his wife, Joan, raised three daughters. Schwartz returned to the City of Roseville in 1987. In 1990 he was named Public Works Superintendent, and in 2001 Schwartz was promoted to Public Works Director.

Schwartz was responsible for coordinating the Public Works Department, including Engineering, Streets, Utilities, and Fleet and Facilities. He oversaw budgeting, policy development, and strategic planning. He coordinated work with other city, county, regional and state levels of government in addition to running the day-to-day operations of the department.

Schwartz's accomplishments include the City Hall remodel, Twin Lakes Parkway improvements, work on the Rice Street interchange (which involved substantial collaboration among several governmental entities), significant capital investments for utility infrastructure, and merging the Grass Lake Watershed District with the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District.

Culver steps up
Culver has been with the City of Roseville since December 2014. He began his new role on May 1.

“Marc possess the right blend of experience and vision to hit the ground running in this role, and I am pleased that we have his kind of talent already in the organization ready to lead the Public Works Department into the future,” City Manager Patrick Trudgeon said.

Culver has played a key role in a number of high-profile capital projects in his short time in Roseville, including the proposed Twin Lakes Parkway and 35W interchange at Cleveland Avenue projects, as well as the County Road B2 sidewalk project. He has also helped oversee utilities, stormwater management, and recycling projects, and has taken the lead in helping the city explore potential solar energy opportunities.

Culver joined the City of Roseville from the City of Maple Grove, where he worked from 2002 to 2013, first as the city’s traffic engineer before being promoted to transportation operations engineer.

A 1995 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a degree in civil engineering, Culver also served in engineering capacities with Image Sensing Systems and SRF Consulting Group prior to entering public service.

In Memory
Longtime civic leader Richard C. Hoglund, who served for more than 30 years as Willmar’s assessor and later as city clerk in addition to two terms as mayor, died on March 29 at the age of 90. Born and raised in Willmar, Hoglund worked tirelessly, both as an official and a volunteer, to improve and promote Willmar.

Former Willmar Mayor Les Heitke, who served on the City Council under Hoglund and then succeeded him as mayor, said Hoglund was liked by all. “Dick Hoglund was one of these rare individuals who seemed to get along with everyone,” said Heitke, who is also an LMC past president. “He got along with young people, adults of all ages, college kids, visitors to Willmar. He always extended a warm and friendly handshake to everyone he encountered.”

During Hoglund’s years as city clerk, treasurer and assessor, he was involved in the development of the city’s industrial park, the redrafting of the downtown heating district, and an expansion of Rice Memorial Hospital. As mayor, he was instrumental in planning and developing Selvig International Park in honor of Willmar’s relationship with sister cities in Belgium and Belarus. He organized a minority advisory committee to promote understanding between the city and its Somali and Latino communities. His tenure as mayor also saw Willmar’s achievement as a Star City. In 1985, Hoglund received the League of Minnesota Cities C.C. Ludwig Award. The award is given for significant contributions to city government.

Hoglund also had a long record of community service, from the Boy Scouts to the Sons of Norway. He spent 11 years as a guardian ad litem, advocating for youths within the court system. A lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church, he held many leadership roles on the church council, board of deacons and cemetery board, and was a longtime Sunday School teacher.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Delores, three children, eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
(Source: West Central Tribune)