City Council

Remembering Scott Pedersen

The City is deeply saddened by the recent news that Council Member Scott Pedersen passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 10, 2024. Scott was born on July 22, 1968 and graduated from STMA High School in 1986. His sudden death has left quite a hole in both the St. Michael Community and at MnDOT where he worked since 1988, serving as Metro Director of Program Delivery at the time of his passing.

Scott truly loved St. Michael and moved back in 2007 when he purchased the house he grew up in from his parents. His passion for government, infrastructure, and the community led Scott to be appointed to the St. Michael Planning Commission in 2021, and he was elected to the City Council in November of 2022.

We thought some might enjoy reading his City Council website which highlighted his thoughts and dedication to St. Michael. Here is the website link where in May he posted an update on how things were going a year and a half into his first Council term Pedersen for Council

A memorial service is to be held Tuesday, July 30, 2024 at 11 a.m. with visitation beginning one hour prior to service at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (11024 Church Street NE, Hanover, MN). Scott’s enthusiasm and dedication to the St. Michael Community will be greatly missed. 

Scott Pedersen Obituary

Mayor & City Council Members
Pictured left to right: Scott Pedersen, Joe Hagerty, Mayor Keith Wettschreck, Ryan Gleason, Tom Hamilton


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