Upsala clerk and former Pierz councilman leaving Minnesota for warmer regions

Lastrup native Adrian Welle starts Oct. 21 as Mexico Beach, Fla.’s city clerk. Welle has been Upsala City Clerk and was a Pierz City Council member for four years and a candidate for the Minnesota State House of Representatives.

Lastrup native Adrian Welle starts Oct. 21 as Mexico Beach, Fla.’s city clerk. Welle has been Upsala City Clerk and was a Pierz City Council member for four years and a candidate for the Minnesota State House of Representatives.

Adrian Welle new city clerk in Mexico Beach, Fla.

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

 

Upsala City Clerk-Treasurer Adrian Welle is taking a leap of faith in a new direction — Florida. Starting Oct. 21, he will be the city clerk of Mexico Beach, Fla.

“It’s part of my career progression,” Welle said. “I’ve been looking for jobs all over and was a finalist two other places. I accepted this job because they offered to pay for a master’s degree.”

Welle noted that his salary is twice what he is currently making.

“I already have a house down there with the same approximate housing costs,” he said.

Welle grew up in the Lastrup-Pierz area. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public administration at St. Cloud State University and was hired by Upsala immediately following his internship. He started Aug. 1, 2011.

He threw his hat into the political ring in 2012, when he unsuccessfully ran for a state house seat in District 9B. He received 47 percent of the vote.

He was a member of the Pierz City Council for four years, leaving to devote more time to the election.

During his tenure in Upsala, he attended monthly “city visits” in Royalton, where various mayors, employees and city council members of Morrison County cities met to compare notes.

He has been informally mentored by Pierz City Administrator Anna Gruber, who has also mentored Welle’s replacement, Reva Mische.

Mische started with the city Sept. 23. She was hired to work 20 hours per week at $12 an hour until January 2014. The Upsala city office is open and staffed by her Mondays and Wednesdays and Friday mornings.

“Her internship officially begins in January, when she will begin working Mondays – Thursdays, 32 hours per week,” Welle said. “The job will be posted in about April and she can apply then.”

Upon completion of the internship, Mische’s nine credit hours will be reimbursed, as stated in her contract. If Mische, from St. Cloud, is hired, her internship will be counted as her probationary period, he said.

“Reva will be a great asset to the city,” Welle said.

Moving to the Gulf Coast will be an adventure for Welle, who has never experienced a Florida summer.

“It’s my first time living outside of Minnesota,” he said. “I’m excited for no winter.”

His last day in the Upsala office will be Oct. 11.

“It’s been a privilege and an honor to work here. I’ve enjoyed it — it’s fun to see the city move forward,” said Welle. “It will be fun to look back and see how many projects in Upsala are completed.”

Welle has many things to look forward to, professionally and personally.

“I’m most looking forward to learning new laws and statutes and a new state environment,” he said.

He will also be joining his girlfriend, who moved back to Florida recently after living in Minnesota for a year.

But Minnesota has not likely seen the last of Adrian Welle.

“I want to run for office again,” he said. “I’ll be back.”

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