Worthington Council offers farewell to assistant city administrator

Jason Brisson has accepted a new position with the city of Minneapolis.


WORTHINGTON — At the end of an hour-long meeting of the Worthington City Council Monday night, Assistant City Administrator and Economic Development Director Jason Brisson took time to thank members of the council, past and present, for their guidance during the more than three years he’s worked for the city.

Brisson recently accepted a new position in economic development with the city of Minneapolis. He will wrap up his duties locally in early September.

While acknowledging that he didn’t always see eye-to-eye with Mayor Mike Kuhle or past councilman Alan Oberloh, he appreciated their viewpoints. He spoke highly of City Administrator Steve Robinson, and offered kind words to council members for the work they do on behalf of the city. He also wiped away a tear as he recalled the unwavering commitment Mike Harmon had for the community.

Brisson began his role in Worthington in economic development for the city. That grew to include overseeing the efforts of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Authority, and ultimately the title of assistant city administrator.

“It’s a bittersweet announcement,” Kuhle said of Brisson’s resignation. “Your work here has been extraordinary.”


In other business, the council:

  • Approved plans for the 27th Street extension and authorized the project be advertised for bids. Bids on the estimated $604,650 project will be considered at the Sept. 27 council meeting. In addition, the council adopted a resolution to bond for the project, if needed, to a maximum amount of $665,000.

  • Recognized the following city employees with longevity awards for milestones reached in 2019 and 2020. The 2019 honorees include Robert Brandner, Nathan Grimmius, Julie Haack, Chris Hillesheim and Eric Roos for 15 years of service; Tonya Aanenson, Jesse Larson and Deb Scheidt for 20 years of service; Joe Byrne for 24 years of service; Starr Standafer for 30 years of service; and Pat Demuth for 35 years of service. 2020 honorees include Dan Wycoff for 10 years of service; Dave Hoffman for 20 years of service; Brian Kolander and Scott Rosenberg for 25 years of service; Kirk Honius and Julie Jeppesen for 30 years of service; Scott Hain and Mike Pavelko for 35 years of service; and Glenn Faragher for 40 years of service.

  • Approved five-year tax abatement through the Nobles Home Initiative for KJSM Investments LLC to construct a new duplex on the Cherrywood Lane. The estimated value of the duplex is $670,000.

  • Received an update from Tammy Makram regarding the upcoming season at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Many improvements to the center were completed during the past two years, from new, larger theater seats with more leg room, to new lighting, a new sound system and new draperies.

  • Approved the second readings of a proposed ordinance amending Worthington City Charter to exempt zoning applications from certain requirements, and to amend Title XV of city code to establish a new R-8 residential district.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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