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Published November 14, 2013, 08:20 PM

Crookston hires new city administrator

After 15 years and several leadership roles in Crookston, Shannon Stassen will be tackling another one, starting in January. That’s when he will become the new city administrator, replacing Tony Chladek, who was fired in August.

By: Ryan Bakken, Grand Forks Herald

After 15 years and several leadership roles in Crookston, Shannon Stassen will be tackling another one, starting in January.

That’s when he will become the new city administrator, replacing Tony Chladek, who was fired in August.

Stassen’s position the last two-plus years was CEO of the Crookston Chamber of Commerce, a job that included being the head of the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the United Way. He also was on the city’s economic development board and Crookston in Motion, a community visioning process.

Before then, Stassen was a University of Minnesota-Crookston football coach for 13 years, the last nine as the head coach.

“Shannon brings something to the table that we’ve been missing for a while, with his personality and ability to talk to people,” Mayor Dave Genereux said. “That will go a long way for him to get along with council members and keep us moving in the right direction.

“Those attributes made him stand out to me.”

The council Wednesday approved Stassen by a 6-2 vote, with Dana Johnson and Hector Santellanes being the dissenters.

“Having worked with him for the last couple of years on committees and events, he’s shown to be thorough, detailed, gets people to work together and gets things done,” said Wayne Melbye, deputy mayor. “With what the city has gone through, we need someone who can right the ship again.”

Melbye was referring to Chadlek, who was fired after 18 months on the job in August by a 6-1 council vote. Pat Kelly, the public works director, has been the interim administrator since.

“We have momentum here now with businesses coming in and additional housing coming on line,” Stassen said. “We have a great town here and I want to be a part of helping it grow more.”

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