Goodman gets new aide

Doug Kress has left his job as executive director of the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) to become the new aide to City Councilmember Lisa Goodman (7th Ward).

Goodman represents Lowry Hill, East Isles, Kenwood, Cedar-Isles-Dean and parts of Stevens Square, as well as part of downtown.

Kress worked for SSCO for slightly more than a year. The Kingfield resident will start his new job Monday, April 21.

Council aides handle constituent services, research issues for council members and act as their proxies at neighborhood meetings when they are overscheduled.

Kress replaces Douglas Gardner, who has worked for Goodman since January 1998.Goodman said the job requires a lot of energy and she praised Gardner's work.

"No one will tell you that I am not demanding," she said. Gardner "is just loved by the people in the 7th Ward and has done an amazing job. He will be truly missed."

Said Gardner, "I felt it was time to pursue other opportunities. It is nothing but amicable."

Goodman said she was lucky to hire Kress, who "has unbelievably broad-based experience -- enough to run for City Council himself," she said.

Kress lost his 10th Ward 2001 council bid to Dan Niziolek. Prior to that, he worked at the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board as Director of Minneapolis Redesign, where he developed and implemented five Family and Community Resource Centers, he said. He has also worked on affordable housing in Kingfield.

Kress will be available through Goodman's office at 673-2207.