City Administrator Sharon Hanson announced that Parks Superintendent Preston Stensrud has been named City of Marshall Employee of the Year. The annual award recognizes an outstanding City of Marshall employee who demonstrates creativity, exemplary performance, provides exceptional contributions and models excellent service to the City’s residents.
“Superintendent Stensrud is a perfect example of someone who believes in and supports our community. We know that residents and visitors rank our parks and community facilities as an important factor in adding to their quality of life. Superintendent Stensrud always strives to improve and regularly asks to do more in the interest of our community” said Administrator Hanson.
Stensrud started his career with the City of Marshall in 1999 as a part-time Parks employee and was hired as a full-time park maintenance worker in 2008. In 2011, Stensrud was promoted to the position Parks Superintendent.
Whether it is through a telephone inquiry or a resident enjoying one of the City’s twelve well-maintained parks, Stensrud is often the first contact residents have with the City of Marshall. The City has benefitted from several partnerships over the years that Stensrud has initiated with local Rotary groups, local contractors and area businesses to secure the most cost-efficient manner to complete seemingly insurmountable projects.
Stensrud has taken on several challenging projects such as the Memorial Park Veteran’s Memorial Final Phase, the transitioning of the Light Up the Night event from the SMSU campus to Independence Park, the renovation of Legion Field’s infield, a refurbishment of the outdoor basketball court at Independence Park (Carter’s Court), the Schwan’s Regional Amateur Sports Complex and installation of new playground equipment at three parks within the past two years. He also directs operations at the Aquatic Center and the Red Baron Arena & Expo, two of the largest public facilities within the City of Marshall. Stensrud also serves as a Lieutenant on the Marshall Fire Department.
“Preston never hesitates to help other staff or the public, even if that means interrupting or slowing the progress of his own responsibilities. He believes in the services we provide to residents and take immense pride in his work” stated Stensrud’s supervisor Community Services Director Scott VanDerMillen.