Lake Elmo City Council approves hire of city planner

Stephen Wensman
Stephen Wensman

Stephen Wensman to start in November

The city of Lake Elmo will be welcoming its newest employee, Stephen Wensman, early next month.

City council members met in a special meeting Oct. 13 and unanimously approved his hiring as city planner.

Interim city administrator Clark Schroeder said Wensman accepted the job offer Friday, Oct. 16, and will begin in his new position Monday, Nov. 2. His starting salary is $62,000 per year, plus benefits.

Wensman will replace former city planner Nick Johnson, who left Lake Elmo for another job in June. City leaders have been working to fill seven vacancies at City Hall since January. The most recent departure was community development director Kyle Klatt, who tendered his resignation earlier this month. His last day with the city will be Nov. 6.

Johnson and Klatt were not among the handful of other city staffers who cited mistreatment by council members as the reason for their resignations.

Wensman will have to hit the ground running once he starts next month, as Schroeder noted, “The city has a lot going on, and it’s beneficial to have someone in that position as soon as possible.”

Schroeder said the city’s new planner brings a wealth of experience and is already familiar with the area. Wensman lives in St. Paul and has experience as a city planner and landscape architect. 

“He will be a nice addition to our city,” he told the council.

Schroeder added that Wensman is a certified landscape architect, and that his experience in that field will be an additional asset to the city when designing green spaces along Lake Elmo’s boulevards, such as Fifth Street, as well as in open-space developments.

Wensman could not be reached for comment by the Review’s deadline, but according to his LinkedIn profile, he currently works as a consulting landscape architect and planner for Solution Blue, Inc, as well as a landscape architect and planner with Wensman Consulting LLC.

He has held several similar positions, such as senior landscape architect and planner at Hosington Koegler Group and planner for the city of Elk River.

Wensman earned a master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration from Metropolitan State University in 2013, as well as a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1989 from the University of Minnesota. 

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7822.

 

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