Pequot Lakes began a search for its second city administrator when Nancy Malecha resigned after nearly five years in that role, and a total of 18 years working for the city.

Malecha’s last day is Friday, July 24. She took a position as business manager for the Crow Wing County Highway Department.

“I am honored and grateful to have served the Pequot Lakes community for the past 18 years and it has been a privilege to work alongside all of you during my tenure,” Malecha wrote in a memo to the council.

Malecha, who grew up in Pequot Lakes, was hired as the city’s first administrator in September 2015. She started working for the city in 2002, and served as deputy clerk from 2004 until becoming city administrator.

At its meeting Tuesday, July 7, the council accepted a city administrator search proposal from David Drown Associates for $21,000, with the potential for Sourcewell to contribute $7,500, meaning the city would pay $13,500.

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The timeline projects a start date for the next administrator of Nov. 30.

The council discussed finding an interim administrator until a full-time person is hired. The personnel committee will meet with City Clerk/Treasurer Angie Duus for her thoughts. Malecha will reach out to the League of Minnesota Cities for potential interim candidates for the personnel committee to review.

Mayor James Tayloe read a proclamation recognizing Malecha’s leadership, civic engagement and many achievements for the city from Aug. 1, 1999, through July 24, 2020, in her work as deputy clerk, finance administrator and city administrator.

Specifically, the proclamation listed the following duties Malecha performed: administered city elections; instrumental in attaining the city’s “first” A-1 bond rating; initiated the upgrade of the city website; influential in all aspects of the Highway 371 project; originated the city’s wellness program; spearheaded the utility services rate study; endorsed the sale of the business park lot; attended countless meetings for the city council, park commission and economic development commission and handled their action items; led the Heart of the Good Life development process; represented the community in the selection process of the Region 5 Children’s Museum; participated in the Thriving Communities Initiative; implemented road construction specifications; fostered a working relationship with the chamber of commerce, Pequot Lakes School District and city of Pequot Lakes; developed the enforcement policy for land use violations; established the city of Pequot Lakes’ mission, vision and values statements; introduced franchise fees for utilities; updated city personnel policies; instrumental in creating a new Pequot Lakes City Hall/Police/Fire sign; and led establishment of the Trailside Park flag display.

Nancy Vogt may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.