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Published March 19, 2013, 09:55 PM

Council Vice President Christensen Steps Down From Key Leadership Roles

Grand Forks City Council Vice President Doug Christensen has officially stepped down from some key roles as a city leader. Those include: President from the Jobs Development Authority, Chairperson of the Growth Fund, and Chairman of the Finance and Urban Development Committee.

Grand Forks City Council Vice President Doug Christensen has officially stepped down from some key roles as a city leader. Those include: President from the Jobs Development Authority, Chairperson of the Growth Fund, and Chairman of the Finance and Urban Development Committee.

He says it's been the events which have transpired over the past two weeks which have culminated to his resigning from chairman. Admitting to his wrongdoing was highly appraised by fellow councilmen.

Bret Weber, Councilman: "I've not always agreed with him or his methods but I sincerely believe he's always acted in what is the best interest of the city."

Weber calls Council Vice President Doug Christensen a mentor.

Christensen: "Thank you for allowing me to serve and continue to serve."

Cirrus Aircraft officials expressed their displeasure with the way Christensen acted in a Growth Fund Meeting on March 5th. Christensen says he felt stepping down was in the best interest for the city.

Weber: "People ask me a lot, so what's it like working on the council and then they very quickly ask me so what's it like working with Christensen?"

Christensen has served the city for the past 12 years. Weber praised him for his work on key projects such as the city's code of ethics, development of the pay for performance system, as well as his effort to protect Grand Forks.

Weber: "Mr. Christensen was one of the leaders in helping to establish the height of the dike, that has now kept the city safe through several severe flooding seasons."

Other councilmen agreed, Weber said it best.

Hal Gershman, Council President: "I don't think anyone could have said it better than Mr. Weber."

Dana Sande will fill Christensen's position as JDA President.

Sande: "I'm humbled by the opportunity to walk in Mr. Christensen's shoes, they're obviously very large and I will do my best to serve the city the best I can."

Weber says as Christensen voluntarily steps down, he hopes residents can appreciate his hard work over the years.

Weber: "Mr. Christensen has been one of the three influential leaders in this community."

Councilman Ken Vein was appointed Vice President of the JDA this evening as well.

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