City Administrator Tom Lawell

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Phone:  (952) 953-2500

Tom has over 30 years of local government experience, with expertise in economic development, strategic planning, intergovernmental relations, financial management, transportation and public safety.

He believes in the power of collaborative service delivery and has worked towards the establishment of many joint powers agreements to more efficiently and effectively deliver local government services.  A few recent Apple Valley highlights include the launch of the Cedar Avenue Red Line (the first Bus Rapid Transitway in Minnesota),  the recognition of sound financial management with the award of two top triple-A bond ratings, and the revitalization of the City’s downtown area and community-wide parks system through various strategic capital investments.

Public Service
Tom has served as the City Administrator for the City of Apple Valley and Executive Director for the Apple Valley Economic Development Authority for the last 15 years.  Previously he served as City Manager for the City of Sequim, Washington from 1995 to 1999, and City Administrator for the City of Mendota Heights, Minnesota from 1990 to 1995.  Tom began his career in local government in the City of Apple Valley where he served in various administrative roles from 1984 to 1989.

Professional Affiliations

  • ICMA (International City/County Managers Association)
  • MCMA (Minnesota City/County Managers Association)
  • MAMA (Metro Area Managers Association)
  • League of Minnesota Cities
  • Metro Cities
  • Municipal Legislative Commission
  • ALF Ambulance Executive Committee – Chair
  • Dakota Communications Center Executive Committee
  • LOGIS (Local Government Information Systems) Board Member
  • High Performance Partnership Joint Training Committee Co-Chair
  • Rotary Club of Apple Valley – Past President and Current Member

BA Political Science/Public Administration – University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
MA Urban and Regional Studies – Mankato State University

City Administrator Tom Lawell
City of Apple Valley

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