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Awards & Recognition

Hopkins Receives ELGL Best Local Government Workplaces Award

The city of Hopkins was named a Best Local Government Workplaces Award winner by the Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) organization. The award “recognizes the local governments that have developed, cultivated, and nurtured workplaces that encourage employee creativity, loyalty, and success.” Local governments must be nominated by local government staff (not management) to be considered. Hopkins staff highlighted policies and practices including mental health training, succession planning, internal communications strategies, and equitable hiring practices as reasons for their nomination. Jurisdictions are asked to provide resources on best practices related to organizational culture and human resources. Other award winners are: City of Norfolk, Virginia; City of Fort Collins, Colorado; City of Parkland, Florida; Pasco County, Florida; and McHenry County, Illinois.

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MAGC Northern Lights Awards Recognize City Communicators

The Minnesota Association of Government Communicators (MAGC) hosted its annual Northern Lights Awards program via Facebook Live on June 10. The Northern Lights Contest recognizes outstanding work in Minnesota’s government, educational, and nonprofit communications. Entries are judged by other communications professionals, who provide feedback on each entry. Winning entries often show creativity and skill while doing the important work of supporting government transparency and communicating information to the public.

Cities receiving awards this year were Bloomington, Burnsville, Cottage Grove, Columbia Heights, Eagan, Eden Prairie, Edina, Farmington, Fridley, Maplewood, Northfield, Rochester, Shakopee, St. Paul, and Woodbury.

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Staff News

Roseville fire chief retires, successor named

After 32 years with the Roseville Fire Department, Chief Tim O’Neill has retired. He has served as Roseville’s fire chief since 2010. Assistant Fire Chief David Brosnahan has been selected as Roseville’s next fire chief. O’Neill oversaw a dramatic evolution in Roseville’s fire and emergency services in his more than 10 years as chief. From infrastructure and training to operations and personnel, O’Neill helped drive and manage necessary changes to the department in order to stay ahead of the growing needs of the community it serves.

“I can’t thank Chief O’Neill enough for his years of service to the Roseville community, first as a volunteer firefighter, later as assistant fire chief, and obviously the last decade as Roseville fire chief,” City Manager Patrick Trudgeon said. “The City of Roseville’s fire and emergency services has developed into a model department under Chief O’Neill’s leadership, and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his service.”

Assistant Fire Chief Brosnahan, who has been with Roseville Fire since 2003 and worked side-by-side with O’Neill in a management role, assumed the role of fire chief on June 1. Brosnahan has served as Roseville’s assistant fire chief and emergency manager since 2016. In addition to his management role with the fire department, he has been the city’s point person for strategic emergency response, preparation, and training. As such, Brosnahan has played a crucial role as Roseville’s primary liaison with the Department of Homeland Security, the State of Minnesota and Ramsey County and for the last year has led the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.