Hastings city administrator to replace Tom Hedges

Dave Osberg is expected to begin serving Eagan in March

Dave Osberg
Dave Osberg

Hastings City Administrator Dave Osberg has been chosen to become the second city administrator in Eagan’s history, following the retirement of Tom Hedges in February.

A contract is expected to be formally ratified at Eagan’s next City Council meeting on Feb. 5.

Osberg, 54, was chosen from four finalists who interviewed Jan. 17 and 18.

“Eagan had four great candidates to select from who are great assets to their respective communities,” Eagan Mayor Mike Maguire said in a news release.

Osberg’s well-recognized track record and familiarity with the community, among other aspects were among the reasons he was chosen for the position, Maguire said.

“I am extremely honored to be selected as Eagan’s next city administrator,” Osberg said in the release. “While leaving Hastings after more than two decades is difficult.”

Osberg has been administrator of Hastings since 1989. He’s been active and knowledgeable about Dakota County issues, having chaired the Dakota Communications Center Executive Committee for the combined public safety answering point for 911 calls in the county, including Eagan. He was also a previous co-chair of the High Performance Partnership committee of city managers and mayors working on joint opportunities among the cities in Dakota County.

Osberg has more than 30 years of full-time experience in local government as a former city manager and city administrator in St. James and Waterville, Minn., respectively.

He interned for the city of Eagan from 1981-82 where he worked for Hedges. Osberg has a master’s degree in urban and regional studies from Mankato State University, and a bachelor’s degree in government from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

Osberg and his wife of nearly 29 years, Laurie, have four adult children.

He is expected to begin his Eagan duties March 25, after wrapping up his work in Hastings.