Two new city department heads have been named by Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter. Andy Rodriguez will lead the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Angie Wiese will take the helm at the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI). Both take over in June.

“From his childhood days to two decades of service as a city employee, Andy has invested a lifetime in our nationally-renowned parks and recreation system,” Carter said. “His energy, creativity and vision will benefit our city greatly.”

Carter said Wiese has been an “invaluable teammate in our work to support residents and businesses these past two years. I’m thrilled to welcome her into our cabinet.”

Rodriguez has worked in parks since 2005, serving in an array of program and management positions, including recreation program supervisor overseeing nine community recreation facilities, and volunteer coordinator for more than 2,000 parks volunteers annually. Since 2019, he has been recreation services manager.

The Saint Paul native took part in parks programs growing up. He is a graduate of Central High School and has a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Augsburg.

For nearly 17 years, Wiese has been championing the health and safety of city residents. She has served as the DSI’s interim director, fire safety manager and fire protection engineer, as well as handling public information for the department. 

She also served as president of the Fire Marshals Association of Minnesota for eight years and as a board member of the International Code Council since 2018. She has a master’s degree in public administration at Hamline University, and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

 

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