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Monday, December 6, 2021

North St Paul chooses Richfield municipal officer as their new city manager

There is a new city manager in North St. Paul.

John Stark was chosen this month from four finalists to be interviewed by the city council. Their official start date is January 3. He replaced Scott Duddek, who resigned in June.

John Stark (Courtesy of the City of North St. Paul)

“We are excited to welcome John Stark to North St. Paul,” said Mayor Terry Furlong. “After careful selection of all the candidates, we are delighted with their decision to lead our extraordinary city.”

Stark currently works as the Director of Community Development at Richfield, where she has worked for the past 14 years. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the Economic Development Authority.

Prior to this, he worked as the city’s planning and community development manager. Prior to Richfield, Stark served as Director of Community Development and as Executive Director of Roseville’s HRA.

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He holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Western Kentucky University and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Minnesota.

North St Paul’s city council is expected to approve Stark’s contract at a 7 December meeting.

“I am overwhelmed by the confidence the city council has placed in me,” Stark said. “I am so excited and looking forward to immersing myself in everything North St. Paul does.”

Duddeck resigned amid allegations that approximately $2,400 had been charged to city accounts for Duddeck’s personal use and that he failed to provide receipts for 154 charges made on his city-issued credit cards.

The city’s electrical supervisor, Brian Friendle, served as interim manager during the search process.

The city worked with David Drone and Associates in the search for a replacement for Duddeck.

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