City manager resigns for job on West Coast
Also, city hires new development director

Pratik Joshi, Pioneer Press
July 1, 2006

Roseville City Manager Neal Beets resigned his position Friday to take a similar job in Federal Way, Wash., a town of 86,000 on Puget Sound between Seattle and Tacoma.

The Federal Way City Council voted 7-0 on Thursday to select Beets over four others, including the former Maplewood city manager, Richard Fursman.

"It's a great opportunity," said Beets, a native of Falls Church, Va.

Beets, who has been the Roseville city manager since 2001, was looking for a change. He recently interviewed for city manager positions in Eau Claire, Wis., and Framingham, Mass., both towns of fewer than 70,000 residents.

Beets said his decision to take the new post was guided by the needs of his family, career and, to an extent, the political climate in Roseville, which has a population of about 34,000.

He said he is especially proud of his work in helping launch the Twin Lakes project after it was mired in legal problems. The controversial project will help redevelop a polluted site by providing 730 housing units, 200,000 square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of retail space, as well as trails and parks.

Beets, who wraps up his work in Roseville on July 21, starts his new job Aug. 1.

The Roseville City Council will appoint an interim city manager and decide how to replace Beets at an upcoming council meeting.

Also Thursday, the city announced John Stark as its new community development director. Stark, who is completing a master's degree in public affairs at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute, will begin work July 17. He replaces Dennis Welsch, who retired in April.

Before pursuing his master's, Stark, 35, worked as assistant director of community development for Richfield.

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