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Brainerd City Council: Vogt announces retirement

Brainerd City Administrator Dan Vogt announced during Monday night’s Brainerd City Council meeting his plans to retire, effective June 30.

Reading to council a letter that he drafted, Vogt said:

"Although this decision comes with a certain amount of anxiety, I feel that the timing is not only good for me but also good for the city since vacating the position later in the year would conflict with budget preparation and upcoming union negotiations.

"As I bring this part of my life to its conclusion, I want to sincerely thank all current and past officials for the support I have enjoyed over the past 23-plus years that I have been able to serve Brainerd...I very much look forward to taking a break from city management, a profession that I have had the privilege to be a part of for almost 34 years to spend time pursuing other interests."

Vogt said his last official day will be June 29 and he will assist council in filling the position.

Brainerd City Council President Mary Koep said that while Vogt's leaving does not come as a surprise, he will be hard to replace.

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