North St. Paul city manager resigns


Jason Ziemer

After working four years as North St. Paul’s city manager, Jason Ziemer resigned Oct. 6. The recruitment process for a new city manager has not yet begun, and in the meantime, the North St. Paul City Council will be appointing an interim city manager.

According to city attorney Soren Mattick, the city held a special meeting Oct. 13 to discuss the hiring process. The meeting was held after the deadline for this edition of the Review. 

Ziemer, who became city manager in September, 2013, could not be reached for comment.

Before working for North St. Paul, Ziemer served as city administrator for Maple Plain, but he hasn’t always worked in local government. Ziemer’s career began in T.V. reporting, where he took an interest in covering government meetings and politics.

In his resignation letter addressed to the mayor and city council members, Ziemer said, “It has been my pleasure to serve you and this great community for the past four years. ... I took great delight in my daily interactions with staff, being out in the community and becoming part of North St. Paul, getting to know its people.”

Ziemer earned a master’s degree in public administration and management and a certificate in economic development from Hamline University. He is currently enrolled in Hamline’s doctorate program for public administration.

Though his resignation letter said he would be working for the city through Oct. 27, an Oct. 12 call to the North St. Paul city manager’s office was met with a voice mail recording indicating that Ziemer was already off the job.

The letter also mentioned a separation agreement between Ziemer and the City of North St. Paul. The Review requested details about the agreement from the city and Mattick, but as of press time, had not heard back.

 

—Aundrea Kinney

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