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

11/09/2015Next Superior Street Reconstruction Meeting Scheduled for November 18
11/05/2015Rand selected as Business and Community Development Director
11/05/2015Shifts in Traffic Lane Use on Woodland Ave to Begin November 9
11/04/2015City of Duluth and Zoological Society Reach Consensus on Zoo/Fairmount Park Concept
11/04/2015Media Advisory: Press Conference November 4 at 10:00 AM at Lake Superior Zoo
10/30/2015Media Advisory Press Conference Monday, November 2 @ 10:00 AM Spirit Mountain Grand Chalet, 8551 Grand Ave, Duluth

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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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