Thief River Falls accepts resignation of city administrator
THIEF RIVER FALLS --After nearly three years on the job, City Administrator Larry Kruse read his official resignation letter to City Council members during their Tuesday night meeting."It has been my pleasure to serve Thief River Falls and work b...
THIEF RIVER FALLS -After nearly three years on the job, City Administrator Larry Kruse read his official resignation letter to City Council members during their Tuesday night meeting.
“It has been my pleasure to serve Thief River Falls and work beside an outstanding team of employees,” said Kruse, who has accepted a city administrator in Willmar, and will start there Dec. 21.
The announcement wasn’t a surprise to those present. The resignation had been a possibility for weeks, with the city of Willmar offering Kruse the job on Nov. 13.
The Thief River Falls City Council voted unanimously to accept the resignation.
How the city will proceed with filling its administrator position will be discussed at an Administrative Services Committee meeting next week, Mayor Brian Holmer told TRF Radio.
The committee includes Holmer and all seven members of the council.
Holmer told the Herald last week decisions moving forward will include whether the city hires a consultant to assist in the search for candidates or completes the hiring process by itself. Council members had expressed concerns about hiring a consultant and the associated costs, he said.
In the meantime, Kruse will work in the Thief River Falls City Hall until Dec. 15.
“After Dec. 15, I will be on vacation and not have office hours or attend meetings but will assist as the city transitions to a new city administrator,” Kruse told the council Tuesday.
The Willmar City Council voted Nov. 23 to appoint Kruse as city administrator following a delay resulting from council member questions regarding his proposed employment contract.
Kruse’s move to a larger city - about 20,000 people in Willmar compared to Thief River Falls’ 8,000 - comes with a pay raise of about $23,000. His starting salary in Willmar will be $129,000.
During the Nov. 23 meeting, Willmar council member Tim Johnson did note he was bothered by the increase.
Gary Weiers, the consultant hired for the administrator search, was authorized to negotiate a salary of $115,000 to $135,000 on behalf of the city.
Forum News Service contributed to this report.