Mayor's Office

About the Mayor

Don Ness was elected mayor in 2007 from a field of 12 candidates. Four years later, Ness became the first mayor to run unopposed since Duluth was incorporated in 1887.

Mayor Ness takes a solution-minded approach to his job. His administration has adopted the motto "Own it. Solve it." and has developed an impressive record of accomplishment and problem solving. Duluth was recognized by Leaders in Public Policy as 2013 Local Government of the Year.

Twin Cities Business named Ness the "2013 Person of the Year." The 2014 National Citizen Survey showed that residents of Duluth gave Mayor Ness an 89% job approval rating. Ness has announced he will not seek another term as mayor and will leave office on January 4, 2016.

Don and his wife Laura have three children, Eleanor, James, and Owen. They live in the Hillside neighborhood of Duluth.

Communications Office News Releases

09/11/2015Inspections will impact travel on Aerial Lift Bridge next week
09/10/2015Mayor Ness to Present 2016 Budget to City Council Tonight
09/10/2015Energy Partners Can Help Duluth Advance in National Energy Prize Competition Visit the Energy Tent at Harvest Fest in Bayfront Park
09/09/2015Hawthorne Road (in Duluth) to Undergo Repairs on September 21
09/08/2015Aerial Lift Bridge to Lift on an As Needed Basis Through End of Shipping Season
09/04/2015ComfortSystems to Showcase Energy Saving Tools & Tips at Annual Harvest Fest

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Don Ness
City Hall, Room 403
411 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
218-730-5230, Fax: (218) 730-5904



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