Van Wylen resigns from the EDA; how will the nomination process go this time?

vanwylenDavid Van Wylen resigned from the Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) last week. His term was due to expire at the end of 2012. I don’t know the reasons for his resignation but the focus now shifts to replacing him. Last year, this was troublesome (for example, see Nfld News articles here, here and here.) (continued)

Nfld News 7/11/08: The city’s charter allows for the mayor to select nominees for the city’s boards and commissions, subject to council approval, but gives little direction for how the selection process itself should work.

This is not the first time the council has had an issue with the process the mayor used to select his nominee. In February, the council postponed approving the mayor’s nominees to several open board positions after the mayor seemingly had agreed to provide a rationale for his recommendations and then failed to do so.


  1. Anthony Pierre said:


    August 25, 2009
  2. kiffi summa said:

    There will be an advertisement/notice in the Northfield News this Saturday, and hopefully, also next Wednesday for the opening on the EDA.
    Any one who wishes to apply should do so by the time noted, to fill this particular opening.

    But people should also understand that positions on City Boards and Commissions can be applied for at any time, and that their application is good for a year.

    The process for the EDA opening is that applications will be reviewed by the executive committee of three EDA officers who also act as the nominating committee. They may only forward TWO recommendations to the Mayor according to their by-laws. The Mayor may then choose one of their recommendations , or appoint a person of her choice.

    IMO, this is a crucial process, at this time especially, because of the annexations and ‘business park’ looming in the future , as well as the rather dire situation of the EDA’s budget, which as presented in DRAFT shows them being completely out of money in four years, under the present conditions.

    August 28, 2009
  3. Griff Wigley said:

    Thanks, Kiffi. In yesterday’s Friday Memo, Joel Walinski says:

    Applications are being sought to fill the vacant seat on the EDA which would end December 31, 2012. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2009, at the Administration Office at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington St. Additional information and applications may be obtained in the Administration Office, at the Northfield Public Library, by calling Jennifer Nash at 507-645-3022, via e-mail at or on-line at

    August 29, 2009
  4. Scott Neal said:

    For what it’s worth, Dave’s surname isn’t “Wylen”. It’s “Van Wylen”. A little detail, but we should try to get the guy’s name right – at a minimum.

    August 31, 2009
  5. Griff Wigley said:

    Ack! You’re right, Scott. Thanks much for pointing it out. Now fixed.

    August 31, 2009

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