Albertville Mayor Asks for Administrator's Resignation

The City of Albertville is in flux after Mayor Mark Meehan asked for Larry Kruse's resignation earlier this week.

In what city staff and a council member are calling a "shocking" development this week, the mayor of Albertville has asked for that city's top staff person to step down from his position.

According to members of the council and staff members from the City of Albertville, Mayor Mark Meehan visited l Monday and asked City Administrator Larry Kruse to resign as Albertville's top staff person.

Kruse told Meehan he would not resign from his post.

Neither party involved in that meeting returned St. Michael Patch's requests for comment.

City staff was notified of the meeting and resignation request by Kruse Wednesday morning. Albertville Fire Chief Tate Mills, who reports directly to Kruse, said he was "surprised."

"Larry called himself to tell me what had happened, and I was very surprised, yes," Mills said Wednesday afternoon. "He's been good to work with. Larry's supported us [the fire department] 100 percent. We've never had any issues with administration."

Council member Larry Sorensen said he was flat out "shocked" Meehan would ask Kruse to step down. He said he expects the issue to be placed on the Monday, April 16, meeting agenda.

"This is something that is very shocking to me," Sorensen said. "We just had a review for Larry [Kruse] back in December, and as a group the council gave Larry a favorable review in what was a public and open workshop. I just don't know the justification for it."

Former Mayor Ron Klecker, who was informed of the meeting Tuesday night, said he talked with city staff Wednesday and heard through the grapevine a couple of Meehan's grievances.

"From what I've heard, Mark hasn't been happy with the way Albertville is working with the City of Otsego on various issues. That's a difficult thing to hold against [Larry]," said Klecker, who was part of the council that hired Kruse.

There has also been concern about Albertville's business climate, and that new business has been hard to come by, Klecker said.

"But who isn't finding that out?" he asked. "Look at Rogers."

Albertville City Attorney Mike Couri said the issue is a matter of personnel, and could result in a closed meeting if the grounds for action comes from a disciplinary standpoint. If the issue is performance-based, it's up to the employee whether personnel matters are discussed in an open meeting format or not.

In either case, Couri said, any final action, such as a suspension or dismissal, would have to be held by the council in an open format.

Sorensen said he expects the issue to be discussed openly at the council meeting Monday night, which is set for 7 p.m. at Albertville City Hall.


* Correction: This story has been corrected and updated to show the closed door meeting between Mayor Mark Meehan and City Administrator Larry Kruse was held Monday, April 9. St. Michael Patch regrets the error.

cc April 12, 2012 at 06:02 PM
I'm not positive but I think those are budget #'s not salaries. I doubt a city clerk is making almost $120,000/yr. I'm not saying you're wrong, just assuming those are dept amounts.
Aaron Thomas April 12, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Rogers....Lowes, Best Buy. Albertville is the smallest town in the area. Businesses want to be located in or near large population bases. Unless we want to give away our tax base, business will always look to the larger cities before Albertville.
librfun April 12, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Perhaps it has something to do with the recent acquisitions of businesses in St. Michael
Rick April 12, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Pizza restaurants don't pay the bills. Nice to have, yes. Core businesses pay the bills. Anchor tenants pay the bills. We have some industry on the east side, etc. The biggest challenge the city faces is access, however now that the interchange with I94/CR19 being approved and construction to begin, this should help. But we have to be realistic. We're between Rogers and Monticello and Elk River to a degree. We can't support (fiscally) huge, big box stores. Nor building cute performance centers, rec centers, and all of that other crap that divert taxpayer dollars away from infrastructure. Remember folks, it was only about a year ago that there was a near riot at the city council meeting over the city, i.e. the taxpayer, being asked to pay for an expansion at the STMA ice rink.
Rick April 12, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I would say everyone that is opining here can show up at City Hall for the open house Saturday (open house at 8:30am) and voice their concerns. In all honesty, I would not want to be the Mayor on Saturday. He has totally stepped in it in my opinion.
cc April 13, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Concerned resident it appears you know more than the rest of us; perhaps you can share the "whole" story with us???
Missy April 13, 2012 at 01:17 AM
..."heard through the grapevine"... Seems to be the theme of this entire article. Reminds me of grade school when we sat in a circle, whispered one sentence from person to person and ended up with an entirely different point before it came full circle.
S. April 13, 2012 at 02:53 AM
We obviously need to know the whole story before we start making assumptions.
Local Business Owner April 13, 2012 at 05:06 AM
definitely not everyone
Local Business Owner April 13, 2012 at 05:14 AM
I agree with you. There are many cities where you could not find a spot to park in their business strip malls..they know very little about stagnant. What is stopping Albertville from being one of these cities? I think this change is needed.
Local Business Owner April 13, 2012 at 05:23 AM
With the biggest outlet mall in the country being located in Albertville, I don't see why surrounding cities clearly have more activity and/or population to include Roger's, Monticello and St Michael. Albertville has the potenital to be the new Maple Grove in my opinion and property values in it should be skyrocketing.
Local Business Owner April 13, 2012 at 05:26 AM
I have the same feeling about Mark. I believe he knows exactly what he is doing. He is a man of action and good deeds.
Local Business Owner April 13, 2012 at 05:36 AM
Thank you for sharing. Mark is pro-business and very practical.
Rick April 13, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Is doing business in Albertville a nightmare? Relations with the city bad? If so, I'd like to know how and why. The gist of some of these comments is it's not prudent to do business here. If that is the case, that HAS to change. As for the mayor asking for a resignation, why didn't he have a closed door session with the city council and explain why?
Linda April 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
PLease tell me about the open house, is it this SAturday at 8:30 am and it is strictly about this matter or has it been planned for awhile? Thanks for your help.
Larry Sorensen April 13, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Linda, the open house on Saturday has been planned for a long time. This matter won't be discussed as a group (that will take place Monday night at the City Council meeting); however council members are expected to be in attendance Saturday so you can seek us out and ask questions, give us your thoughts, etc. I look forward to hearing from folks. Larry Sorensen
cc April 13, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Concerned resident, I'm still waiting for the whole story that you seem to know about. Maybe you could include the part about having the wool pulled over our eyes while you're at it? Obviosly "Local Business Owner" is having it pulled over his eyes by our mayor.
cc April 13, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Apparently the residents need to be informed by the Patch.
Bud April 13, 2012 at 05:10 PM
cc - Maybe if you attended some of the council meetings you would have a clue. I agree with concerned resident!!
cc April 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I have and will. Maybe I'll learn something. Thanks Bud.
Linda April 13, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Thank you, Larry. May attend both if it works out. We need lots of details but we also need lots of new businesses in Albertville and from what I have heard, the City makes it very difficult-now again, just what I heard from a business that opened here in the last year.
Larry Sorensen April 13, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Thanks Linda. Just remember, the City Council sets policy. The Council approves oridinances, fees, etc. The City Administrator enforces policy set by the Council.
Rick April 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM
LBA, I think you need to re-read your comment below and amend it. We are an outer/outer ring suburb. Maple Grove is 15 miles from downtown. Albertville is 32. With the price of gas what it is and an unstable economy, I have no idea how you can make a statement like you did. Albertville and St, Michael and the smaller towns surrounding it are the primary support for our businesses. The I94 interchange (which btw Mr. Kruse did a ton of legwork on) will help some facilitating extra traffic, but plain and simple, the cities closer to the major employment areas will have to fill first prior to Albertville expanding. What DOES help are Wright counties taxes versus Hennepins and the available amount of foreclosed and short sale houses available, but then again, MG, Rogers etc all have the same issues and are closer. People are thinking gas these days. And extra 40 mile drive roundtrip for many of us is ~$10 extra in fuel, $50 a week, $200 month.
L1qu1d 0nyx April 14, 2012 at 04:38 AM
The funny thing here is these comments appear to place blame on the city administrator for the lack of business. The administrators job is to run the city departments. If you want to blame those responsible for business issues the blame is to fall on the mayor and the city's council, since that is the body most influential on the development of a community.
Rick April 15, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Albertville resident, since you interjected numerous times, I felt obliged to answer your question as many times. Hope you're not offended, but I'd like to know exactly where you got the idea that Mr. Kruse was not asked to resign. I was there Saturday and asked many people what's going on, so I'd like to say I asked my questions and have some facts... He didn't??? What's the title of the article??? Are you reading something the rest of us aren't??? "Albertville Mayor Asks for Administrator's Resignation The City of Albertville is in flux after Mayor Mark Meehan asked for Larry Kruse's resignation earlier this week."
Johnson April 16, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Sure doesn't sound like gossip to me. . .check this out from the online edition of the North Crow River News, stating that Kruse confirmed that the mayor made the request: Albertville administrator asked to resign by Aaron Brom Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:41 PM CDT aaron.brom@ecm-inc.com Albertville Mayor Mark Meehan has requested the resignation of city administrator Larry Kruse. Kruse confirmed that the mayor made the request in person Tuesday, and that Kruse subsequently informed staff of the matter. Kruse did wish not to make a comment but confirmed that the topic would be on the April 16 council agenda, and that he wants the subject to be open to discussion, rather than at a closed hearing. Mayor Meehan did not respond to a request for comment. . . http://www.pressnews.com/articles/2012/04/15/top_news/1kruseaskedtoresign.txt
Mike Schoemer (Editor) April 16, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Albertville resident's comments will be deleted die to violation of our terms of service. The story stands as written
STMA Hockey Supporter April 16, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Thank you Patch for keeping us up to speed on this matter! Can't wait for tomorrow night!!
David April 18, 2012 at 02:23 AM
mike please tell me you did not delete comments from Albertville residents on this site.
Ryan May 31, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I will be looking for a new mayor next election. I believe Mark has done a poor job keeping us informed.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something