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Duluth's Human Resources manager to leave post after less than a year

John Grandson, the city of Duluth's interim Human Resources manager, will step down from that position in September after months of contentious negotiations with the city's largest union.

John Grandson, the city of Duluth's interim Human Resources manager, will step down from that position in September after months of contentious negotiations with the city's largest union.

Grandson was tapped for the position by Mayor Herb Bergson after Gary Meier retired late last year. Grandson was president of the Duluth Supervisors Association and helped craft the "model contract" that the supervisors, confidential unit and firefighters have agreed upon.

Grandson has been part of a Bergson team mired in contentious negotiations with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The city's police union is in binding arbitration with the state.

Running human resources also is a challenging job, even for someone who has served the city for 28 years in numerous departments and capacities, he said.

"I'm just burned out," Grandson said on Thursday. "It's a stressful job. I'm 54 years old, and I don't have the energy that I did when I was a kid."

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Grandson said he will return to his job as city vehicle fleet supervisor. But first, he said he will recharge his batteries with a vacation.

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