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Rosemount city administrator Verbrugge accepts a job in Brooklyn Park

With parts of his office already packed, mainly his collection of Simpson toys, Rosemount's city administrator Jamie Verbrugge has decided to move on to the next stage of his career.

Verbrugge accepted the city of Brooklyn Park's offer to become its city manager Tuesday, March 4. The Brooklyn Park City Council will consider a contract with Verbrugge during its March 10 meeting. After that it's sayonara. Brooklyn Park's current manager, Doug Reeder, will retire this month.

While he wasn't necessarily looking for a new job Verbrugge said the Brooklyn Park position was too good to pass up and he had to try for it

"It's the only position I have pursued since I've been here," Verbrugge said.

Brooklyn Park, with its population of 72,000 residents, is the seventh largest city in Minnesota. Verbrugge said the issues and challenges the community faces line up with his own professional interests.

"It's a good opportunity for professional growth," he added.

Although excited about the new opportunity Verbrugge said he regrets that he won't witness some of the developments coming up for Rosemount such as the UMore Park project.

"There is a feeling I am leaving some things undone," he said.

Under Verbrugge's leadership the city of Rosemount has seen incredible growth both commercially and residentially. In addition, after 20 years of talking about it the city is on the brink of finally seeing its downtown developed.

"I have been very fortunate to work with this city council and the staff here is top notch," said Verbrugge of his time in Rosemount.

The Rosemount City Council will discuss at its March 18 meeting how it wants to proceed with hiring a new administrator. Verbrugge said they will likely choose an interim administrator and then go through a formal hiring process.

Verbrugge expects April 11 to be his last day in Rosemount. He would start in Brooklyn Park April 21.