Park District Executive Director Joel Vettel Resigns, Interim Director Named

The resignation is effective immediately.

FARGO, N.D (KFGO) – Fargo Park District executive director Joel Vettel resigned from the job he’s held for nearly three years.

The resignation is effective immediately.

Sources tell KFGO News Vettel’s departure was the result of his management style and a “lack of confidence” from employees. One source said it was “not a good fit.”

Vettel has had a high profile as a long time spokesman for the Fargo Police Department and detective prior to being hired as head of the park district in 2006 with a starting salary of $145,000.

Vettel released the following statement, “I would like to thank the citizens of Fargo for the opportunity to serve as the executive director of the Fargo Park District for the last three years.  I stepped into this job with a vision and dream of improving upon our wonderful park district.  This was a huge undertaking and I recognize I had huge shoes to fill.  I did this job to the best of my ability, but I feel I can no longer continue in the role as executive director.  Therefore, I have submitted my resignation to the Park District Commissioners.   My family and I have always been huge supporters of the Fargo Park District and will continue to do so.  This is a fantastic organization and a wonderful community.  There are good people here and I wish them well.  I look forward to spending more time with my family and friends, and finding my next professional opportunities.

The Fargo Park District Board has appointed Dave Leker as the Fargo Park District’s Interim Executive Director.

Dave Leker most recently served as the organization’s Deputy Director.

Plans for a permanent search are not available at this time.

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