By Terry Lehrke, News Editor
Anna Gruber, the Pierz city administrator for the past five years, will say goodbye to the city. The Council accepted her resignation and two-week notice with regret, Monday.
Gruber has accepted the position as city and county manager for regional services at the National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples.
“Thank you so much for five excellent years at the city. I have worked alongside many excellent colleagues, community members, council members, and business owners, and have had so many opportunities to grow and develop in my career field,” Gruber wrote in her resignation letter.
“It has been an honor to serve the residents of Pierz and to work with the other communities in Morrison County through our collaboration group and I look forward to continuing to serve them through my future position,” she said.
Gruber’s new job entails working with the 65 cities and five counties in Region Five and assisting NJPA in developing new ways to help these counties and cities and reaching out to them regionally.
“NJPA does have several programs/services established already that I will be working with and then will be working on establishing more services to offer the cities and counties regionally,” she said.
The Council chose to hire from within its ranks and turned to Scott Saehr — who started as the city’s deputy clerk Jan. 2, at $20 per hour and 30 hours per week, with no benefits.
The Council approved hiring Saehr as the city administrator with a salary range of between $46,000 – $49,000, with full benefits, dependent upon wage negotiations and Saehr’s acceptance.
The Council also approved hiring a full-time deputy clerk, 32 – 40 hours, at $13.50 – $15 per hour, with full benefits, hoping to appeal to a larger number of applicants. Gruber said there was enough work for a full-time city administrator and a full-time deputy clerk.
Mayor Toby Egan said Gruber brought stability to the position. The city had several city administrators in a short period of time before she was hired.
“We were fortunate to have five pretty good years,” he said. “We’re definitely going to miss her; she’s helped us out in a lot of ways. We wish her the very best.”
Egan said Saehr is “very capable of doing a good job for us. We’ll have to wait and see whether he accepts the position.
“It’s important if we do end up hiring Scott that we have some good support staff with the deputy clerk position,” Egan said.
Gruber told the Council she would be happy to help out in any way she could.
Monday was Gruber’s last Council meeting, as she was headed for vacation the final week before her Feb.. 28 end date.
Gruber and her husband Nick, reside in Sartell with their 3-year-old son, Jayce.
Open house planned to bid Pierz city administrator farewell
The city of Pierz will host an open house Wednesday, to give residents an opportunity to bid farewell to City Administrator Anna Gruber.
The open house will be held at City Hall from 2 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. All residents are welcome.