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Mayor of Fargo

The current mayor of Fargo is Dennis Walaker. Voters elected him to a four-year term in June 2006 and re-elected him in 2010 and 2014. This is Mr. Walaker's third term as mayor. Mayor Walaker is a Fargo native who graduated from Leonard High School (Cass County) in 1959 and attended North Dakota State University. 

Mr. Walaker began his career in 1962 with the North Dakota Department of Transportation, where he was involved in the construction of Interstates 94 and 29.  He also worked on several City of Fargo projects, including the conversion of University Drive and 10th Street into one-way streets.  

The City of Fargo hired Mr. Walaker in 1974 as a civil engineer responsible for supervising public works projects.  In 1989, he became the City's Public Works Operations Manager.  A few years later, this position was expanded to include forestry, fleet management and emergency management responsibilities; the position title became Director of Operations.  Mr. Walaker served in that position until his resignation in May 2006 to enter the political arena.

The Mayor's current activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the Red River Zoo, Plains Art Museum and NDSU Team Makers.  He is a member of the American Public Works Association, the American Water Works Association, the Water Pollution Control Federation, the American Legion, the Sons of Norway, and the FM Symphony.  His past board memberships include Hospice of the Red River Valley and United Way of Cass Clay.

Mr. Walaker and his wife, Mary, (a retired teacher) have two adult children and two grandsons.

You can reach him by e-mail at or by phone at (701) 241-1310.


Dennis Walaker

Mayor Dennis Walaker