Bayport city administrator announces exit, before council’s special meeting
Mitch Berg, city administrator in Bayport, said he will resign from his post on March 2.
“I am doing this to aid the city in wrapping up some loose ends and to assist with the hiring of a new city administrator,” Berg wrote in an email to Bayport City Council members Thursday, Dec. 20.
Berg’s announcement comes just days after the city council announced it would hold a special meeting Thursday to “discuss threatened litigation surrounding the employment status of the city administrator.”
The council met in closed session Dec. 2 to discuss the same subject, said Andy Pratt, Bayport city attorney. Pratt said at the time that he could not comment further, stating that “everything else is privileged information between the council and attorney.”
Berg said Thursday that he was not present at the closed session and did not know what was discussed.
“I have no knowledge about what they’re talking about,” he said. “I have been here at city hall working faithfully for the city of Bayport’s residents since October 2009, and I will continue to do so unless the council deems that I am unfit to do the job.”
Berg and Michel Pogge, city planner in Stillwater, recently were among the five finalists for the city administrator in Thief River Falls. The job went to Larry Kruse, past city administrator of Albertville.
Before becoming Bayport city administrator in October 2009, Berg was held that position in Mahnomen, Afton and North Hudson, Wis. He teaches at Argosy
University in Eagan and Minnesota State University-Mankato.
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