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Sun Focus: New City Manager Didn't Move to Fridley with Sights Set on Job

Walter "Wally" Wysopal and his family have lived in Fridley for six years, he told the newspaper.

New Fridley City Manager Walter "Wally" Wysopal has served as city manager of North St. Paul since 1998 but now will work for the city in which he lives, he told the Sun Focus:

He and his family have lived in Fridley for six years. They lived in St. Anthony for 18 years, he said, and as their family got bigger with five children, their house became too small.

When they looked for a house, they found one they liked in Fridley. For high school, his kids attend Totino-Grace, where his wife graduated.

“When we moved to Fridley, I never had any sights set on being manager here,” he said.

Read the full article at focus.mnsun.com.

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Jimmy May 09, 2013 at 06:09 PM
City Manager Wysopal has done a stellar job in North Saint Paul, where I live. Once in awhile planets line up etc and someone like Wally ends up in the right place at the right time. Fridley residents should feel blessed by the presence of Wally. Wally will be missed by EVERYONE in North Saint Paul. I would wish Wally luck but for the fact that with Wally's training and experience he needs no luck. Wally WILL get-er-done! The City of North Saint Paul will create a memory of Wally, maybe name a bridge or other structure for him. I sincerely hope Wally feels free to visit his old town of North Saint Paul. Thanks Wally you can't be replaced.
Scott Peters May 18, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Wysopal did not consider North St. Paul for his new bigger home??? What a telling story RIGHT THERE. He jumped ship after the closing of the community center, numerous failures and skullduggery, including the EDA and a general non-stop mismanagement of the city that has left it paralyzed with the need of millions and millions of dollars needed tor replace or repair dilapidated infra-structure--That will be assessed to each home owner as it goes down their street. The only thing he accomplished was rebuilding the places where government employees work at a very considerable cost while the rest of the city lost most of it's businesses and home values plummet year after year. Obviously the poster above does not live here and or is friend of his majesty Wally Wysopal--the swagger dictator that destroyed NSP. He is the Worst manager I have known anywhere, except Bell City California.
Scott Peters May 18, 2013 at 02:16 PM
You must work for the city...or you are joking--no one can say with a straight face he earned on penny in his 15 years here.
Scott Peters May 18, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Wysopal did not consider North St. Paul for his new bigger home??? What a telling story RIGHT THERE. He jumped ship after the closing of the community center, numerous failures and skullduggery, including the EDA and a general non-stop mismanagement of the city that has left it paralyzed with the need of millions and millions of dollars to replace or repair dilapidated infra-structure--That will be assessed to each home owner as it goes down their street. The only thing he accomplished was rebuilding the places where government employees work at a very considerable cost while the rest of the city lost most of it's businesses and home values plummet year after year. Obviously the poster above does not live here and or is friend of his majesty Wally Wysopal--the swagger dictator that destroyed NSP. He is the Worst manager I have known anywhere, except Bell City California.
Jimmy May 19, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Hi Scott, Wally already lived in Fridley for years, he didn't build a new bigger house. Wally and any City Manager acts on the desires of the City Council and Mayor. NSP Mayor Keuhn works for the Met Council and thinks NSP should be managed like a Socialist state with Government providing everything for residents. Like: sewer, water, electricity, trash service, bulk item pickup, fiber optic infrastructure, living streets, windmills, rain gardens, TIF funding for private companies, residential development (city actually builds houses), control what is built where, capture all Government facilities possible, forceing residents to ride bikes, restricting highway access, design highways poorly, close beachs, etc... The results of NSPs actions have resulted in very high taxes, many empty lots, poor access to highways, beach funded by fundraiser, very expensive electricity, no programs like Xcel offers, fees for unused services, monopolies: trash, recycle, water, electricity, bulk item pickup, fitness center, etc.. While Wally was manager during these events so was mayor Kuehn and he makes the final decision. While I won't disagree with you on some aspects of Wally's performance overall he got stuff done.
Jimmy June 17, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Well today is Wally's first day working for Fridley. OK, Scott I 100% agree with your first post but I didn't want to agree with you until Wally was REALLY gone from North Saint Paul. You see if there was a lot of negatives posted out here maybe Fridley would have second thoughts and NSP would end up with Wally going forward. Wally is not a residents city manager. His biggest blunder in NSP was building a $10,000,000 community center that was never used by residents, maybe 1% used it. When asked why he built it Wally said "I had the Local Government Aid cash and had nothing to do with it so I built the Community Center". LGA is supposed to be used to reduce taxes NOT increase taxes like the Community Center did. The list of atrocities Wally commited is very long I do hope being that he lives in Fridley he might not get away with more of the same there. However I noticed the Fridley hours of operation have been changed from 5 PM to 4:30 PM, that has Wally all over it.

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