West St. Paul's New Leaders

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Mayor-Elect Dave Napier

How long have you lived in West St. Paul?

I was born, raised and have resided in West St. Paul for 50 years. 

About Me

I have been married for 32 years to my wife, Suzie. We have been blessed with four children, a host daughter and three grandchildren (all under the age of two and expecting another baby girl in a couple weeks!). I have worked for Dodge Nature Center for 25+ years as a Building and Grounds Director. In June,  I joined MSP Plumbing . Heating . Air as their HVAC Service Manager.

What are you most excited to work on in your upcoming term? 

I am looking forward to providing strong leadership to continue to move the city forward. I am excited to host more community forums to help us develop a strategic plan to set the vision for the city.

Anything else?

I would like to thank the 9,557 residents who came out and voted November 6th, which is an 80% turn out. I would also like to thank the voters of West St. Paul for electing me to be their Mayor. I am honored and humbled you placed your trust in me.  I look forward to working with you and our city staff to achieve our common goals. Thank you.

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Councilperson Dick Vitelli (Ward 1)

Incumbent candidate Dick Vitelli will keep his seat representing Ward 1.  Running uncontested, Vitelli won the Ward 1 seat with nearly 98% of the vote.

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Councilperson-Elect John Justen (Ward 2)

How long have you lived in West St. Paul?

10 years

About me

I am the second-generation owner of Eclipse Music, a guitar store, that has been located in West St. Paul for over 35 years. I'm married to Kali Freeman, a librarian who manages St. Paul Public Library's Riverview branch on the West Side. We have two kids, Michael who is 5, and David who just turned 2. 

What are you most excited to work on in your upcoming term?

I look forward to ensuring that the Council is responsive to our citizens, and seek to increase community engagement to ensure that all voices are heard and respected at City Hall. Community surveys show that citizens are interested in increased walkability, bikeability, and accessibility in West St. Paul and I am excited to make this a reality. I am also excited to be an ambassador for bringing small, independent businesses to our community. 

Anything else?

Our community’s engagement in local politics is at an all time high. We need to welcome that with open arms, encourage it, nurture it, and create pathways for involvement to continue to build a strong community.

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Councilperson-Elect Wendy Berry (Ward 3)

How long have you lived in West St. Paul?

Since August 2015.

About me

I've worked in Human Resources for 10+ years and love the connections I've been able to make with such a diverse group of people in the day to day work for my job. I went back to school to get my Bachelor's degree in Metro State's College of Individualized Studies focusing on Industrial and Organizational Psychology while I was working full-time, I got my degree in May 2016. I've been married to my wife Amelia for five years and we have three boys - Ash (21), Ozzy (4), and Ellis (10 months). I've lived in Minnesota since 2003; prior to that, I spent the first 23 years of my life in Sedalia, Missouri. We rented in North Minneapolis before moving here and knew we wanted a community just like West St. Paul's when we decided we were ready to buy our first home. 

What are you most excited to work on in your upcoming term?

I'm most excited about the level of engagement in our community and working with residents that want to be involved in how our city develops into the future. I think West St. Paul is headed in a really great direction and I'm thrilled and honored to be a part that for the next four years. I'm also really looking forward to partnering with our city staff and other members of the council to continue building on what's already in place.

Anything else?

I've enjoyed getting to know so many people in West St. Paul since we've moved here and especially over the last several months leading up to the election. We have such a unique mix of folks that call West St. Paul home and I'm really looking forward to representing them on City Council. I really want to thank everyone that voted for me in the primary and general elections! I also want to make myself as available as possible for any residents that have questions, concerns or just want to talk about what's happening in our community.