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Nisswa: Third city employee resigns - P&Z administrator to leave

Nisswa's planning and zoning administrator of nearly two years became the third city employee to resign this year.

Brent Jones submitted his resignation effective April 6, though his last day in the office will be March 31.

"I have accepted a position with the city of Lakeville that will give me an opportunity to further my career as a planner," Jones wrote in his resignation letter.

He said by phone Monday that he has always wanted to work for a growing city like Lakeville that is in the south metro area.

Jones' resignation follows that of the city clerk-treasurer earlier this month and the city park and recreation director in January.

The council's Wednesday, March 15, agenda included hiring a park and recreation director after having held interviews, and discussing an interim and long-term planning and zoning administrator. Visit pineandlakes.com for more details from the council meeting.

Laurie Hemish, who worked for the city for 20 years, including the last 10 as clerk-treasurer, resigned effective March 2 to take a job as office manager at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

Alex Hondl, who served as park and recreation director for two-plus years, resigned in January after accepting a parks and trails maintenance supervisor job in Baxter, which he cited as a good opportunity.

The city council hired Scott Saehr as interim city clerk while it gathers information to decide whether to change the position to that of administrator-clerk. David Drown Associates - a firm that has helped other area cities search for city clerks or administrators - is to submit information regarding an administrator-clerk position, including potential costs, by the end of this month.

The council will then consider its options, which include: changing the position to administrator-clerk; considering the position of city administrator; or keeping the position as clerk-treasurer.

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