Minot city attorney to retire in 2014

Minot city attorney John Van Grinsven plans to retire in 2014.

Van Grinsven has informed the city manager that his last day will be Jan. 3.

“I have appreciated your confidence and also the opportunity to work for the City over the last five years,” Van Grinsven wrote in a letter to City Manager David Waind. “I have enjoyed the work and the many challenges faced by the City, as well as the privilege to work with all the other dedicated and professional City staff and Council Members.”

Waind has directed the city human resource officer to begin the process of outlining a search and hiring procedure for a new city attorney.

In his letter informing the mayor and council, Waind wrote: “John has served the City during five of the most tumultuous years in the City’s history and done so with his typical effective and efficient style. He has won the admiration of both myself and every Department Head, with his determined factual method of service. John was our first full time City Attorney and as such had to completely set up the office and hire the staff who also so effectively serve the City today.”

Van Grinsven came to the City of Minot from Ward County, where he was first elected state’s attorney in November 2002. He had joined the office as an assistant state’s attorney in 1980 and previously had worked for Legal Assistance of North Dakota from 1977 to 1979. A Minot native and graduate of Minot State University, he holds a law degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.