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Yes, Ibisch is leaving Blue Earth

By Staff | Dec 8, 2019

At the end of their regular meeting last Monday night, the Blue Earth City Council went into closed session to discuss a personnel issue.

When the council came out of the closed session and went back into the regular open meeting, they passed a motion to accept the notice from city administrator Tim Ibisch of his intent to end his employment with the city of Blue Earth in 30 days, as per the language in his contract.

City attorney David Frundt confirmed after the meeting that part of the closed session was related to discussion of whether the council should make a counter offer to keep Ibisch in Blue Earth, and what that counter offer should be.

However, Frundt added, when the council asked Ibisch if he would be interested in looking at any such offer, he declined.

Ibisch was the final selection by the Kasson City Council to be their next city administrator. That decision was made by the Kasson council after they had interviewed four candidates back on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

A contract was negotiated over the next two weeks and on Wednesday, Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Eve, that contract was approved by the Kasson City Council at a special meeting.

Ibisch did not immediately announce any formal acceptance of the Kasson contract, but it became apparent he had accepted it after the Blue Earth council came out of the closed session last Monday.

In his notice of intention to step down, Ibisch wrote:

“This was not an easy decision to make. The past five years have been very rewarding. I’ve enjoyed working for you and managing a very successful team dedicated to improving the quality of life for our residents here in Blue Earth.

“I appreciate the strong support that many of you have provided during my tenure here, and I treasure the valuable experiences that I have been a part of. Thank you for the opportunity to serve that you have provided me. I wish you and the city all the best.”

The 30 day notice means Ibisch’s last day in Blue Earth would be on Friday, Jan. 3. His first day in Kasson is reported to be on Monday, Jan. 6.

Ibisch has been the administrator in Blue Earth for the past five years.

There was no other discussion by the council concerning what their plans are for going about filling the administrator position, but that item is expected to be on the agenda for the council’s next meeting, on Monday, Dec. 16.