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Published October 28, 2013, 08:10 PM

Grand Forks public works director promoted to city administrator

Todd Feland, Grand Forks' public works director, has been promoted to city administrator, according to City Hall.

By: Brandi Jewett, Grand Forks Herald

Mayor Mike Brown announced Friday he has promoted Public Works Director Todd Feland to be Grand Forks’ new city administrator.

“Mr. Feland possesses the level of executive experience, the critical and strategic thinking and the relational skills that will serve the city and citizens well,” Brown said in a news release.

The city conducted a national search to replace previous city administrator, Rick Duquette, who retired Oct. 1 after serving in the position for 12 years.

If Feland’s employment agreement is approved by the City Council, he will begin his administrator duties on Nov. 5.

As city administrator, he will be charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations of city government.

After serving as a department director for 13 years, Feland said he is eager to start his new role with the city.

“I’m very excited. Of course, there’s also a bit of anxiety that comes with it,” he said. “The city has a great team and the thing that has me the most excited is working with that team.”

He added he wants continue the momentum the city has set for planning and managing its growth and continue improving its infrastructure and workforce.

Brown said he was looking forward to having Feland step into his new position on the city’s leadership team.

“I have the utmost confidence in his ability to bring the best out of our team and to continue our work to make Grand Forks a great place to live, learn, work, play and stay,” he said.

A pay bump also comes with Feland’s new position, increasing his yearly salary from $127,254 to $145,000.

Feland, originally from Mandan, N.D., first began working for the city’s public works department in 1997 as part of its flood recovery team. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and political science and a master’s degree in public administration, all from UND.