WEST FARGO — The city of West Fargo just keeps growing as does city staff, but the newest position, an assistant city administrator, will be held by someone who has a long history in West Fargo.
City Administrator Tina Fisk announced Monday, March 1, that Planning Director Tim Solberg would be the city's first assistant city administrator. Solberg will oversee the planning, engineering, public works and economic development departments.
"Mr. Solberg will bring a wealth of experience to the position and help bring these department to the next level," Fisk said. "He has been with the city since 2013 and has worked closely with the other departments this position will supervise."
The city attracted numerous applicants for the position from across the region including two internal candidates, Solberg as well as Fire Chief Dan Fuller, Fisk said.
Solberg said he'll continue to work on anything else Fisk may need, but those departments — which are already well known to him — will be his priorities moving forward.
'It holds a great deal of interest for me to work with multiple departments that have a mission in making a better community," Solberg said.
Solberg will oversee about 13 staff members.
Solberg first came to the city as a planner under longtime planning department head Larry Weill about eight years ago after working as a county planner with Cass County. In 2017, Solberg was the first and only West Fargo planner to receive a national urban planning accreditation, which only about four other planners in the metro area have achieved.
The University of North Dakota graduate said he liked working in the small department of one of the state's fastest-growing cities. Solberg also helped the city complete its comprehensive long-term plan known as West Fargo 2.0. He has worked with residents and developers to create many West Fargo landmarks and neighborhoods from the current Sheyenne Street and Veterans Boulevard renovations and improvements to the city's first gated community, which was built in 2014.
The city plans to rehire for Solberg's planning director position and the job will be advertised for internal and external candidates.