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Vadnais Heights Mayor Sue Banovetz resigns to take UMD job

Sue Banovetz, who’s been mayor of Vadnais Heights since 1997, is resigning because she has taken a new job in Duluth.

She’ll work at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, handling public relations, media relations and legislative initiatives. The job will keep her out of town during the week.

Said Banovetz in a statement:

“My husband and I will continue to be residents of Vadnais Heights, but the amount of time I will be spending out of Vadnais Heights makes it impossible for me to continue my duties as mayor. I am grateful for the tremendous support I’ve received over the years, and I take pride in all the community has achieved.”

Banovetz had previously been director of media and public relations at the U of M’s College of Liberal Arts in the Twin Cities from 2004 to 2009. Most recently, she was vice president, governmental affairs, for R3 Verdant Technologies.

She’s also on the board of Public Art St. Paul.

Earlier this summer, she received the Minnesota Women in City Government Leadership Award from the League of Minnesota Cities.

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