Meet Todd Podgorski
Todd Podgorski was born in South Saint Paul at the old Divine Redeemer Hospital. His father is a retired union pipefitter and South Saint Paul High School graduate, and his mother is an administrative assistant and a graduate of Simley High School in Inver Grove Heights.
When Todd was four years old his family moved away, but then returned home to South Saint Paul. During high school, Todd worked at a local grocery store. After high school, he went on to complete his formal education at Inver Hills Community College (Associates in General Studies and Law Enforcement), Hibbing Technical College (Police Officer Skills Training), and Winona State University (Bachelors in Political Science).
One Sunday morning during college at Winona State, Todd met Carrie on the way to church. Carrie, who was studying at Mankato State University, was visiting a friend in Winona. About a year-and-a-half later, the two would marry. Carrie continued her education at Saint Thomas University and Hamline University, and is now a public elementary school teacher. Todd, for almost 20 years, has worked as a peace officer in one of the state’s largest counties.
Today, Todd and Carrie live in South Saint Paul. They have three children. The oldest, Alyssa, is in her fourth year of college. Reece is a freshman in college and is currently in the Army National Guard. Both graduated from high school in South Saint Paul with international baccalaureate diplomas. Melody is a freshman in high school and a three-sport athlete playing soccer, basketball, and track.
Todd was elected to the South Saint Paul School Board in 2000, after defeating a 16-year incumbent. As a School Board Member, Todd played a key role in supporting youth, reducing class sizes, and implementing all-day kindergarten to help the most at risk students. Additionally, during Todd’s time on the School Board, the School District began planning to become an All IB World School District, a certification that would later be achieved.
In 2010, Todd was elected to the South Saint Paul City Council. He was reelected in 2014 and is currently serving his second term. As a Councilmember, Todd supported the public parks and the Doug Woog Ice arena voter-approved bond referendum. Todd recently supported the hiring of additional officers at the police department to improve public safety. Todd also worked to establish an Economic Development Authority to promote job creation and an expanded tax base in South St. Paul.
As a Northern Dakota County native and father of three children, Todd understands many of the struggles faced by those in our community. That’s why as County Commissioner, Todd is committed to improving roads and infrastructure; enhancing public safety and health; promoting public parks; encouraging accountability and equity; and, fostering job creation and economic development.