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Continued: Eagan's new city administrator ready to make his mark

  • Article by: SUSAN FEYDER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 3, 2013 - 10:51 PM

I think there’s a bit of an overarching question the community has, and that’s what’s next? That’s what I’m trying to sort out — just what the community’s expectations are for the next dozen years or so.

 

– Delta’s headquarters and Lockheed’s big corporate campus, for example. What do you think the city can do to recoup from that?

A: At the Lockheed site we’re working with [developer] CSM to redevelop that property. What we want to do is stay active, stay nimble and be on the alert for opportunities for any sort of economic development. One of the common themes I have heard is that when people come to Eagan’s City Hall and want to look into a project, our staff is very responsive. That’s one of the key things we can do, be very customer-service driven.

 

Q: The city has become larger, older and more racially and ethnically diverse than when you worked here in the early 1980s. What does that mean for city services?

A: The mayor touched on that in his state of the city address a month or so ago. That’s one of the things we have to sort out as a city, as a community. We should look at it as an opportunity.

 

Q: Did you talk to Hedges before you decided to apply for the job?

A: Yes.

 

Q: He obviously told you to go for it.

A: You know who told me to go for it? My wife. I had a great situation in the city of Hastings, but Laurie said, “Wouldn’t you be disappointed if you didn’t at least apply?” I went into the job interviews with the attitude that I was interviewing Eagan as much as they were interviewing me. I wasn’t so much asking questions as just being observant. I was looking for a willingness to be open to changes, to look at new ideas. I kept hearing they’d be open to my ideas and open to change.

 

Q: Can you give an example?

A: To what extent should we consider iPads and electronic packets for the City Council? … I have an iPad, and I’ve … told people they don’t need to send me a hard copy of a … document.

 

Susan Feyder • 952-746-3282

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