North St. Paul chooses Richfield director as his new mayor – Twin Cities

North St. Paul has got a new mayor.

John Stark was selected from four finalists interviewed by City Council this month. His official start date is January 3rd. He replaces Scott Duddeck, who resigned in June.

John Stark (Courtesy of North St. Paul)

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

Stark currently works as Community Development Director at Richfield, where he has been employed for the past 14 years. He has also served as CEO of the Housing and Development Authority and Economic Development Authority.

Prior to that, he worked as the city’s planning and community development manager. Prior to Richifield, Stark served as Community Development Director and HRA executive director for Roseville.

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 City Council is expected to approve Stark’s contract at its December 7 meeting.

He replaces Duddeck, who withdrew amid allegations that nearly $ 2,400 was charged to the city’s accounts for Duddeck’s personal use and that he failed to provide receipts for 154 debits to his city-issued credit card.

Brian Frandle, the city’s electrical supervisor, has served as interim manager throughout the search process.

The city worked with David Drown and Associates in their search for Duddeck’s successor. Stark did not immediately answer a call for comment on Monday.

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