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June 13, 2014

Blue Earth administrator resigns

Mayor to fill in until replacement hired

BLUE EARTH — After sixteen years of service, Blue Earth City Administrator Kathy Bailey officially departed Friday from her position with the city of Blue Earth.

Bailey presented her resignation letter Monday to the Blue Earth City Council. Her request was approved Thursday during a special council session. Because she plans to use her three weeks of unused vacation time, her last official day on the job was Friday.

"I've been think about this for some time. My kids are grown and gone. My husband's business is stable. At 54, I still have plenty of time ahead of me to try something else," Bailey said.

She said she originally took the position while she was studying for her master's degree in urban and regional studies. She said she took the job to help with finances while her husband was starting his business. She said she felt proud about her many years of service with the city.

She said she has offered several names as possible replacements for his job. She declined to publicly share them at this time.

Going forward, Blue Earth Mayor Rick Scholtes will take over Bailey's responsibilities until a new city administrator is hired. Currently, no timeline has been laid out for finding a replacement.

The council plans to discuss the matter at its Monday meeting.

Bailey said she is excited to take up a new career path. She said she has not yet settled on what type of job she will pursue.

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