Past and Present City of West Fargo Leadership

Village of South West Fargo (1937-1950)

Chairman: Ole Anderson 1937-1941

  • Trustees: H. O. Sandness, Dr. George Schatz, Donald (Casey) Jones, Elmer Sukut

Chairman: Carl Nybeck 1942-1945

  • Trustees: Walt Anderson, Ervin Rogne, William Colby, William Thompson

Chairman: William Thompson 1945-1946 – Completed Carl Nybeck’ term

Chairman/Mayor: Ervin Rogne 1946-1950

  • 1946 Trustees: Herb Rohrenberg, Al Scholz, Walter Ruff, Andrew Walberg

City of Southwest Fargo (1946-1986)*

 Chairman/Mayor: Ervin Rogne 1946-1950

  • 1948 Commissioners: Al Scholz, O. H. Jacobson, Herb Rohrenback, Everett Paulson

Mayor: Donald “Casey” Jones 1950-1954

  • Board Members: O. H. Jacobson, Andrew Walburg, William Sherman, Herb Rohrenback – Rohrenback passes away early in his term and was replaced by Al Scholz.\

Mayor: Andrew Walburg 1954-1958

  • Commissioners: Al Scholz, William Sherman, O. H. Jacobson, Walter Ruff
  • 1956 Election Sherman, Jacobson and Ruff were replaced by Howard Emerson, Glen Smith and Raymond Tombs

Mayor: Blaine Hanson 1958-1960

  • Commissioners: Al Scholz, Howard Emerson, Glen Smith, Charles Aull,
  • Mayor Hanson resigned in February 1960, Al Scholz assumed the duties till the April election.

Mayor: M. J. Helling 1960-1964

  • Commissioners: As Scholz, Charles Aull, Gus Sjue, Lowell Soberg
  • Mayor Helling was re-elected in 1964, but resigned in May, was replaced in a special election by Charles Aull.

Mayor: Charles Aull 1964-1966

  • Commissioners: Jake Gust, Marlin Galde, Cliff Ellingson

Mayor: Clayton Lodoen 1966-1986

  • 1966 Commissioners: Jake Gust, Marlin Galde, Cliff Ellingson

City of West Fargo (1966-Present)**

Mayor: Clayton Lodoen 1966-1986

  • 1968 Commissioners: Jake Gust, Cliff Ellingson, Alan Dipple, Gene Maluski
  • 1970 Commissioners: Jake Gust, Gene Maluski, Morris Pyle, Thomas J. McDonald
  • 1972 Commissioners: Gene Maluski, Morris Pyle Thomas J. McDonald, Frank Lenzmeier
  • 1974 Commissioners: Gene Maluski, Morris Pyle, Frank Lenzmeier, John Williams
  • 1976 Commissioners: Morris Pyle, John Williams, Barney Dirks, Jake Gust
  • 1978 Commissioners: Jake Gust, John Williams, Barney Dirks, Leonard Zurell
  • 1980 Commissioners: Jake Gust, John Williams, Leonard Zurell, Gerald Oppegard
  • 1982 Commissioners: Jake Gust, John Williams, Gerald Oppegard, Carol Spichke
  • 1984 Commissioners: Jake Gust, John Williams, Gerald Oppegard, Carol Spichke

Mayor Florenz Bjornson 1986-1994

  • 1986 Commissioners: Jake Gust, John Williams, Gerald Oppegard, Carol Spichke
  • 1988 Commissioners: Jake Gust, John Williams Carol Spichke, Darrell Vanyo who had earlier been elected to complete Gerald Oppegard’s term
  • 1990 Commissioners: Jake Gust, Darrell Vanyo, Linda Gaughan, Custer Huesby***
  • 1992 Commissioners: Linda Gaughan, Custer Huseby, Darrell Vanyo, Larry Lepird

Mayor David Steadman 1994-2002

  • 1994 Commissioners: Darrel Vanyo, Larry Lepird, Linda Gaughan, Custer Huseby
  • 1996 Commissioners: Linda Gaughan, Custer Huseby, Darrell Vanyo, Mary Peterson
  • 1998 Commissioners: Darrell Vanyo, Mary Peterson, Linda Gaughan, Rich Mattern
  • 2000 Commissioners: Linda Gaughan, Rich Mattern, Mary Peterson, Brenda Warren who had earlier been to complete Darrell Vanyo’s term

Mayor Richard Mattern 2002-2018

  • 2002 Commissioners: Mary Peterson, Brenda Warren, Lou Bennett, Bryan Schulz
  • 2004 Commissioners: Lou Bennett, Bryan Schulz, Brenda Warren, Mark Simmons
  • 2006 Commissioners: Brenda Warren, Mark Simmons, Lou Bennet, Bryan Schulz
  • 2008 Commissioners: Lou Bennett, Bryan Schulz, Mark Simmons, Mike Thorstad
  • 2010 Commissioners: Mark Simmons, Mike Thorstad, Lou Bennett, Duane Hanson
  • 2012 Commissioners: Lou Bennett, Duane Hanson, Mark Simmons, Mike Thorstad
  • 2014 Commissioners: Mark Simmons, Mike Thorstad, Duane Hanson, Mark Wentz
  • 2016 Commissioners: Duane Hanson, Mark Wentz, Mark Simmons, Mike Thorstad

Mayor Bernie Dardis 2018-

  • 2018 Commissioners: Mark Simmons, Mike Thorstad, Brad Olson, Eric Gjerdevig

*An election was held January 2, 1947 authorizing reorganization as a City by a margin of 152-4.

**June 7, 1967 Judge R.K. Redetzke signed the order to change the name of Southwest Fargo to West Fargo and the Village of West Fargo to West Fargo Industrial Park.

***July 1, 1989 a Consolidation Ceremony was held joining West Fargo and West Fargo Industrial Park.