By Starrla Cray
WINSTED, MN Winsted City Administrator Brad Martens announced at Tuesday’s work session he will be accepting a city administrator position in Corcoran.
“This was a very tough decision,” he said after the meeting, adding that Winsted is a great community.
The Corcoran City Council formally approved hiring Martens at a special meeting Friday afternoon. Following the approval, Martens turned in his 30-day notice of resignation to the city of Winsted. Most likely, his last day will be Friday, July 5.
Corcoran is a city of about 5,500 people located northwest of the Twin Cities, near Maple Grove.
The city administrator position was listed on the Corcoran city website with an annual salary range of $90,000 to $105,000. In Winsted, Martens was recently given a 2-percent wage increase, resulting in an annual salary of about $75,000.
At the regular Winsted City Council meeting Tuesday, the council approved having Mayor Steve Stotko select a search firm, which will aid in the process of finding a new city administrator.
Council Member Tom Ollig said the council would like to find a replacement as soon as possible.
In the meantime, Clerk/Treasurer Deb Boelter suggested Stotko take on city administrator duties.
“It would be a huge help to us,” Boelter said at the work session. “We’ve got a lot of irons in the fire right now, and they’re big things.”
Council members listed a few of the city’s current projects, including the industrial park, the skating rink, and downtown redevelopment.
“[Stotko] is knowledgeable about all of that,” Boelter said.
“I think it’s a perfect fit,” Council Member George Schulenberg added.
The council plans to research the details of Boelter’s suggestion and place the item on a future council agenda for discussion.
Martens said he will do his best to make the transition as smooth as possible.
“I really like it here a lot,” he told the council. “I’ve lost a lot of sleep over this, and I apologize for the position I’m putting you all in. I will be available to help in any way I can.”
Martens was selected as Winsted’s city administrator May 25, 2011, among 40 applicants.
He was hired after the resignation of Andrew Elbert, who served as city administrator from July 2010 to February 2011.
Winsted’s previous city administrator was Brent Mareck, who began his career in Winsted at age 24, with only an internship experience. In April 2010, Mareck left for a city administrator position with the city of Carver.