Little Canada hires new city administrator


Chris Heineman

Little Canada is set to have a new city administrator starting next month.

The Little Canada City Council unanimously approved Aug. 8 a contract with Chris Heineman to take up the position. Heineman is currently the director of community planning and development in Northfield.

“I think we have a really good new city administrator,” said council member Rick Montour. “I think we’re looking good for the future.”

Heineman, who was vacationing at the time of the contract approval and could be reached for only brief comment, said he was looking forward to the opportunity to work for the city.

Prior to working in Northfield, according to city documents, Heineman was city administrator of Kenyon, a city of 1,800 people some 17 miles east of Faribault. He has a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University.

Heineman is replacing Joel Hanson, who was Little Canada city administrator for 28 years. Hanson became South St. Paul city administrator on June 25.

Little Canada moved swiftly in filling the position, outpacing a timeline stated in the initial job posting by more than a month.

The city hired St. Louis Park-based consulting firm Hue Life to help with the candidate search, according to city documents, and from an initial pool of more than 50 applicants the city council interviewed five finalists for the job July 27 and 28. City staff and a citizen group interviewed the finalists as well.

Council members said they were pleased with the way the process played out, despite the two-day interview and deliberation process taking on a marathon-like quality. “We hit a home run with the citizens group we got,” commented council member Michael McGraw.

Heineman’s first day as Little Canada city administrator is Monday, Sept. 10.

 

— Mike Munzenrider

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