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Albertville Council Holds Pivotal Meeting Tonight

A review of the city administrator has been added to Monday night's agenda, as the council addresses last week's events.

After last week's turn of events at , there is much anticipation for what many are saying will be an interesting council meeting.

Last Tuesday, according to city staff and council, Mayor Mark Meehan asked Albertville City Administrator Larry Kruse, to resign from his position. The community has been abuzz and local residents, business members and council members are responding.

"Personally, I had no idea," Council Member John Vetsch said late last week. "Mark hasn't shared anything with me. I'll be interested in Monday night's discussion."

Guardian Angels President and CEO, Dan Dixon, was also surprised. Dixon has been working with Albertville to develop a possible new retirement community in Albertville along Wright County Highway 18, west of County 19.

"I've had an off and on relationship with Larry and the city for the past couple years regarding bringing senior services to Albertville. I've always appreciated his ambassador approach of highlighting Albertville and working with us. I'm a little surprised at the discussion, and am hopeful the city can retain leadership in Larry and continue to move forward," Dixon said in a statement given to Patch.

Both Kruse and Meehan attended Albertville's town hall meeting Saturday morning, along with the rest of the council. While no public discussions or interactions took place, many residents came with interest and questions.

Kruse has been city administrator of Albertville since 2003, he came to Albertville after the Baxter City Council terminated him in November 2002.

According to the November 20, 2002 Brainerd Dispatch, council member Mark Cross said the motion was based on and included findings of fact from Kruse's employee reviews on May 29, 2001, and Aug. 29, 2002. The council's list included a lack of confidence in Kruse and irreparable relationships Kruse has both in and out of the city as well as communication issues.

In contrast, council member Larry Sorensen said Kruse's December 2011 review, his latest, was "very favorable."

"There were some issues to work on, but overall it was a good review for him," Sorensen told Patch last week.

Tonight's meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the city council chambers and is open to the public.

Dieter April 16, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Please keep us updated on what is discussed tonight, unfortunately due to prior commitments, I will not be able to attend tonights meeting.

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