Gene is no stranger to city government. He was elected to the Savage City Council in 2006. Prior to City Council, Gene served on the Savage Planning Commission from 1995 - 2005, and was nominated Chairman from 2000 - 2005. “I feel that having worked on Savage City Council and previously Planning Commission; I have sharpened my skills at being a good listener, effective problem-solver and decision-maker. I believe I have the necessary mix of engineering experience, government knowledge, sound judgment, desire and enthusiasm to continue to serve the residents and businesses of Savage for another four years.” Gene Abbott offers over 25 years of experience in local government operations including, planning, community and economic development, building construction, budget constraints, and responding to the public’s concerns and suggestions.
Gene was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a college graduate from the University of Minnesota - Institute of Technology. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, specializing in structural analysis and design. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer. Abbott is employed full time with the City of Lakeville as Supervisor of Inspections overseeing all building construction projects. He works with homeowners, contractors, architects, engineers and developers throughout the construction process. He is currently Co-Chair for the State of Minnesota Code Development Structural Advisory Committee and has authored several code changes nationally.
Gene and his wife, Cathy, have lived in Savage 20 years. They have been married for 27 years and have three children. Anthony (married to Katie with daughter Ellie), Kally and Charlie. The Abbotts are active members of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savage.
Gene currently serves as the city representative on the I-35W Solutions Alliance, Highway 169 Corridor Coalition, Metro Cities Housing and Economic Development policy committee, and the League of Minnesota Cities Improving Service Delivery policy committee. He's also on the Savage Economic Development Authority and is acting mayor in the mayor's absence.
Major accomplishments that he has been instrumental in are: I-35W improvements, city’s bond (credit) rating improved 4 levels to AA+, City Hall campus public safety addition and fire station, downtown farmers market, Savage sports dome, Savage depot restoration, downtown senior housing and the Environmental Learning Center (ELC). According to most recent State Auditor's financial statistics, Savage's total expenditures including general government operations, capital outlay and long term debt have declined from 2006 - 2011.
“There is still much work to be accomplished. Several transportation safety projects need to be addressed including; Hwy 13/Dakota intersection, Quentin and Lynn Avenue bridges, Murphy/Hanrahan road, Hwy 13 and 150th Street intersection, and Hwy 44 east bound lanes. State and federal funds need to be secured to limit the tax on Savage residents. The long term debt and utility fee study recommendations need to be implemented to maintain our financial stability."
“Serving on the Savage City Council has been a challenging and rewarding experience. I consider this position an honor and privilege, and would look forward to serving you for another term.”