Rosemount hires new public works director, city engineer

The Rosemount City Council approved the hiring of Brian Erickson as the city’s next public works director and city engineer during Tuesday’s meeting.

Erickson is currently the public works director and city engineer for Mounds View. He was previously the assistant director in Northfield for 10 years.

His anticipated start date is July 17.

Erickson said he appreciates the opportunity to serve the residents of Rosemount.

Coming from a northern suburb, he said he was excited to come to a city with “a little more development opportunity with some city and some rural.”

Erickson is a licensed professional engineer and holds a master’s degree in structural engineering from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Iowa State University. He was also a commander in the U.S. Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps.

The position has been in limbo for the past couple years, said Logan Martin, Rosemount city administrator.

Patrick Wrase was hired to serve as the city’s director of public works and city engineer in 2015 and served for about a year before taking a job with the city of New Ulm. John Morast has served in the interim.
Erickson will be in charge of the department that provides a range of services to Rosemount, including engineering of city projects; maintenance of buildings, vehicles, streets, and parks; and operation of the city’s water and sewer utilities.

According to the job posting, the public works director and city engineer is a member of city’s management team both in planning and attracting new development.

The city is partnering with the University of Minnesota, the Metropolitan Council and others on key sustainability projects, including solar power, water conservation, the sustainability of the local aquifer, long-term flood control and upgrades to city buildings.

His duty is to lead staff a positive and collaborative way to provide vital services, maintain the city’s infrastructure, and adopt new technologies and innovations in the city’s work processes.

Fourteen applicants from around the country applied for the position. Interviews narrowed the selection to three finalists. Martin recommended to the council the appointment of Erickson.