By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN Delano High School graduate and current City of Delano staffer Luke Fischer has accepted the position of city administrator with the City of Watertown.
Fischer confirmed Friday that his last day as assistant to the city administrator in Delano will be Aug. 20, and he will begin his duties in Watertown Aug. 30.
“It was a position that seemed like a good fit with where I want to go in my career professionally and gives me a good opportunity to continue to grow,” Fischer said. “I’ve definitely had some great opportunities in Delano that have prepared me for this. I feel it should be a good fit.”
Fischer began working for the City of Delano in 2003 as an intern, graduating from Delano High School in 2004, and continuing to work for the city off and on throughout his college career.
He also spent the summer of 2007 as a summer intern with the City of Eden Prairie in the office of the city manager. In May 2008, Fischer was hired as a full-time assistant to the city administrator.
He attended St. John’s University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and is presently finishing his master’s in public administration through Minnesota State University Mankato.
“I’m going to miss working in Delano,” Fischer said. “We have a great staff and council. I’m very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here.”
The City of Watertown has been without a city administrator since spring 2009, when then-administrator David Mandt was placed on administrative leave for unspecified reasons. He voluntarily resigned in May and, since that time, the city’s finance director Steven Wallner has served as the acting administrator.
“Luke will be a great addition to the City of Watertown,” Wallner said in an email to Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce members.