Wells administrator resigns
One of the agenda items on the Wells City Council’s list of things to do involved a closed session regarding the city administrator’s performance evaluation. However, the council did not need that closed session.
In a letter dated Sept. 25, Robin Leslie, city administrator of Wells since July of 2013, resigned her position.
“Due to my ethical obligations as a career public servant, I have a social responsibility to serve the best interests of the community and I do not believe I can do that with the current city council. Therefore, I cannot, in good conscience, continue as your city administrator,” stated Leslie’s letter. Later on in the letter it reads, “I feel that I am being forced to resign because I will not continue to work in a hostile work environment for one more minute.”
In the?Wells City Council meeting that very evening, conversation about Leslie’s resignation was minimal. The only true discussion taken on the topic of Leslie’s resignation was the filling in of her position.
The council decided that evening that Tim Brenegan, Chief of Police for Wells, and Jennie Kloos, Wells City Halls’ accounting clerk, would share the interim city administrator position until it is officially filled.
The timeline for rehiring Leslie is yet to be determined. Mayor David Braun later gave a statement to the Faribault County Register regarding Leslie’s resignation.
“It is always unfortunate to lose an employee, and there is never a good time, but the City Council and Ms. Leslie have different governing ways and visions,” he stated. “It was in the best interest of both parties to separate with the resignation of Ms. Leslie and we will be taking action on it in the near future.”
No other City Council members made comments with regards to Leslie’s resignation.
Leslie made it clear that this was not a mutual decision by her and the council to leave, but rather, she felt she had no other choice but to leave her position.