Woodbury Honors First City Administrator

On the 25th anniversary of Jim Lacina’s death, the city proclaimed a week in his honor.

For a decade, Jim Lacina was known as “the face of Woodbury.”

Woodbury’s first city administrator—who was killed by a drunk driver in a 1987 car crash—set the table for Woodbury’s future and left a lasting impression on the city, current City Administrator Clint Gridley said.

The Woodbury City Council on Wednesday proclaimed June 10-16, 2012, as Jim Lacina Remembrance Week in Woodbury. 

Gridley read from a speech from Shakopee’s administrator during the meeting, relaying to the city—and several of Lacina’s family members—his place in Woodbury’s history and how his fingerprints remain.

Lacina died on his way to a family vacation in Canada on June 11, 1987. Gridley said he spoke to his son, former Vikings lineman Corbin Lacina, who said his father was a family man and left him with a few pieces of advice. Among them: “Always do things right the first time. Don’t do things halfway.”

Lacina, hired in 1977, was an avid outdoorsman and actor in local community theater. He was also a member of the local Rotary and Lions clubs, and the .

Corbin was on hand to accept the award, and said, “There’s a lot of pride here.”

“This truly is an honor for all of us, believe me,” he said.


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Eric Berg June 16, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Kris--I missed the ceremony and am at a little bit of a loss regarding why the CAdmin of Shakopee submitted a speech...was he a protege of Lacina/head of City Administors group? I had wondered whether Corbin Lacina was related to Jim Lacina, but having moved here in `02, there wasn't much beyond a plaque at Ojibwe Park that gave his name. Nice to see him get recognition for the foundation that he laid that has been built upon by Barry Johnson and Clint Gridley.
Kris Janisch June 17, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Sorry Eric, it was a speech at a recent administrators convention. Didn't have that in here.


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