Sherburne County hired Bruce Messelt as its next county administrator. His hiring became official when the board of commissioners on Tuesday approved a contract that calls for Messelt to take over the job Aug. 19.

Messelt has more than 25 years in senior management. He is Chisago County’s administrator, a position he has held since 2011. Messelt has also served as city administrator for Lake Elmo, city manager for Moorhead, and assistant to the city manager for Tucson, Arizona.

In addition to positions in local government, Messelt has served as a foreign area analyst for the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., president of Oak Grove Lutheran School in Fargo, N.D., and instructor of political science at Concordia College in Moorhead.

“I am equally humbled and excited by the opportunity Sherburne County has afforded me,” Messelt said. “To join such a great team of elected leaders, talented and dedicated professionals, engaged and passionate residents and business and community leaders is absolutely a career dream come true. Together, we can continue to transform Sherburne County into a premier destination community in which to live, work and play.”

Messelt holds bachelor’s degrees in political science, history and international relations from Concordia College in Moorhead as well as a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Minnesota.

He succeeds Stave Taylor, who retired in June after more than five years as county administrator. The contract approved by the board will pay Messelt $165,000 a year.

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