North St. Paul leadership roles nearly settled

Interim city manager made permanent, new interim fire chief 

 

North St. Paul lifted the “interim” tag from its city manager, further solidifying the city’s administration. 

At the April 16 North St. Paul City Council meeting, Scott Dudeck was locked in as permanent city manager. 

Duddeck took over in November 2018 when then-City Manager Craig Waldron retired. Waldron had been on the job for about a year, tabbed as a quick replacement following Jason Ziemer’s resignation.

Duddeck has been a city employee for 34 years, starting out as a firefighter in the 1980s before climbing all the way to fire chief. He also served the city working various roles in public works. 

Duddeck had kept his role as fire chief throughout his trial period as interim city manager. Since the city made Duddeck the permanent city manager, he retired as fire chief effective April 22. 

Replacing Duddeck is Deputy Fire Chief Jason Mallinger, who became interim fire chief the same day the former chief’s retirement began.

“I look forward to working together with staff and the city council, and will continue to promote my strong work ethic, nurture positive relationships and create opportunity for many great projects that will significantly benefit the community,” Duddeck said ins a city statement.

 

—Solomon Gustavo

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