City Manager's Department

City Manager's Staff

City Manager

Tom Burt

Assistant City Manager

Chantell Knauss

Communications Manager

Cheryl Weiler

Communications Specialist

Ben Sandell

Graphic Designer/
Web Specialist

Lindsey Fabrizio

Administrative Assistant

Judy Nally

The city manager, appointed by the City Council, serves as the executive officer in charge of administering all City business and implementing Council policies and directives. The city manager appoints the city attorney, who advises and represents the City and Council in all legal affairs. The city manager also appoints the City's department heads and members of the management team.

The City Manager's Department also includes the Communications and Human Resources programs. Staff includes the city manager, assistant city manager, communications manager, two administrative assistants, a half-time communications specialist, and a half-time web/graphic designer.

Communications

Communicating with the public is essential to successful local government operations. The City of Golden Valley uses a variety of strategies and tools to get its messages out and to take input from citizens, mainly through publications, website, cable TV, and media relations.

Golden Valley's Communications staff is responsible for publishing the City's newsletters and information pieces, managing and maintaining the website, and managing public access TV operations, which includes televising and web streaming all City Council and Planning Commission meetings and coordinating programing produced for the City by Channel 12 and Northwest Community TV. Staff also works with all City departments to develop marketing and communications plans to educate the public about City issues and iniatives and to provide information to local news media.

Human Resources

Human Resources staff is responsible for recruiting, selecting, and training employees; managing employee safety programs, compensation, and benefits; administering personnel policy and employment law; and negotiating and administering labor contracts.