Eagan's First and Only City Administrator Stepping Down After 36 Years

City Administrator Tom Hedges, one of the city's "founding fathers", will leave a lasting legacy, according to Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire.

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After plenty of jokes and a few emotional moments, longtime Eagan City Administrator Tom Hedges—widely considered one of the city's most influential leaders—announced at Wednesday's Eagan City Council meeting that he plans to retire in early 2013.

Hedges, Eagan's first and only city administrator, was hired in 1976 at the age of 27 and has served for 36 years as the city's highest appointed official. Before coming to Eagan, he was employed as the city administrator of St. Peter.

After accepting Hedges' retirement notice, the Eagan City Council approved a $12,900-plus-expenses contract with recruitment firm Brimeyer Fursman to assist in the search for a new city administrator. Hedges told council members at the meeting that he plans to continue in his role as adminstrator until Feb. 1, 2013.

A handful of elected officials expressed sadness at Hedges' announcement, including Eagan City Councilors Paul Bakken and Cyndee Fields, who jokingly discussed voting to reject Hedges' retirement letter and keep him working as a city employee.

“I’m not allowing this," Fields joked. “I’m sorry Tom, I told you I was going to hang onto your ankles."

"I think every member at this dias has wondered and worried about this day," Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire said during the meeting. "Now matter how much I anticipated it, I still don't know if I can find the words. I think you, more than any individual, have made Eagan what it is."

Hedges, 63, said he is looking forward to having more flexibility in life, and plans to travel following his retirement as city administrator. He may continue to work limited hours as a consultant, he said.

The city administrator is one in a long list of top Eagan officials who have recently retired or announced their intent to retire. Eagan's longtime public works director, Tom Colbert, retired earlier this year, route: {:controller=>"articles", :action=>"show", :id=>"eagan-says-farewell-to-retiring-public-works-director"} -->, and Eagan Director of Administrative Services Gene VanOverbeke is expected to retire in December. A number of

tom endersbe September 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
One of the great people I have ever worked with. It is not easy to balance the varied opinions and needs of a City. Tom Hedges did it with grace. I a proud to call Eagan home. Tom had alot to do with that. Tom Endersbe Former Eagsn Fondation Chair
Margo Danner September 20, 2012 at 01:23 PM
How sad for Eagan. He made a great city.
Bob Shepard September 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Eagan's been a fantastic place to live, thanks in large part to the good work of Tom Hedges. Like Tom Colbert's departure before him, this leaves some mighty big shoes to fill. Thanks to Mr. Hedges for his hand in making Eagan great!!
Tom Egan September 21, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Tom is without question the dean of city managers/administrators in the State of Minnesota. More than anyone else, Tom has brought national attention and honor to the City of Eagan. His ethics are second to none. How he tolerated some of us ungracious elected officials is beyond me. Our hope is not to replace Tom, but simply to find the best substitue that we can.


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