(June 19, 2014—St. Paul, Minn.) St. Louis Park City Manager Tom Harmening has been selected as the League of Minnesota Cities Leadership Award winner for 2014. The award was presented today at the League’s Annual Conference in St. Cloud. The Leadership Award is considered to be the League’s highest honor for appointed city officials, and is given annually in celebration of outstanding service.
Harmening, who has served as city manager since 2004 and has worked in a number of other capacities for the city since 1995, was cited by one of his nominators for “…leading efforts over the past 20 years to transform St. Louis Park from an aging suburb that easily could have fallen victim to the housing crisis and economic downturn, to a thriving suburb bustling with redevelopment, strong schools, one of the best housing stocks in the Twin Cities, and a community that is honored over and over again as one of 100 Best Places to Live For Young People.”
Harmening is an active member of the Minnesota City/County Management Association and is a former board member of the Twin West Chamber of Commerce. Prior to being appointed city manager by the council in 2004, he served as the city’s community development director and was closely involved in successful renewal efforts along Excelsior Boulevard and other significant redevelopment initiatives. Harmening previously held positions in the cities of Hopkins, Hastings, and Watertown.
About the judges
The 2014 Leadership Award nominations were judged by a panel of past League of Minnesota Cities presidents, including: Karen Anderson, a former mayor from Minnetonka; Judy Johnson, a councilmember and former mayor from the City of Plymouth; and Marvin Johnson, mayor of the City of Independence.