- Title:City Manager
St. Louis Park operates under the council/manager form of government. An elected city council sets the policy and overall direction for St. Louis Park. Then city workers, under the direction of a professional city manager, carry out council decisions and provide day-to-day city services. The city manager is accountable to the city council.
The city manager provides leadership, direction and guidance to all city departments, which includes administrative services, community development, fire, information resources, inspections, engineering, police, and operations and recreation. City Manager Tom Harmening has been employed with the City of St. Louis Park for 21 years. Prior to being appointed city manager by the council in 2004, he served as the city’s community development director and was closely involved in successful renewal efforts along Excelsior Boulevard and other significant redevelopment initiatives.
Prior to his employment with St. Louis Park, Harmening served for five years as community development director for the City of Hopkins, five years as planning director for the City of Hastings, and three-and-a-half years as city coordinator for the City of Watertown, MN.
Harmening holds bachelors of science and masters degrees in urban studies from Mankato State University.