Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal, July 10, 2000

Winsted administrator Reeves resigns

By Jane Otto

It was not a complete surprise when Winsted City Administrator Aaron Reeves announced his resignation at Thursday's city council meeting, considering that the rumor mill had been in overdrive.

Reeves said that he will be the executive director of the Southwest Regional Development Commission. Its offices are in Slayton, Minn.

"I want to get back into a more regional organization and out of the day-to-day city operations," said Reeves.

The job he said will allow him to do more travelling and also lobbying at both the state and federal levels.

"Things went well here and I'm grateful for that," Reeves said.

Mayor Floyd Sneer told the Journal, "I'm sad, but not disappointed. We can't compete with cities that offer an EDA (economic development) man over $60,000 a year."

Reeves has done a good job for the city, said Sneer.

"He's strong in economic development and strong in grant writing," he said.

The city will look for a new administrator with those strengths, but balance that with a stronger ability for city management, Sneer added.

As for a time frame, Reeves said he will probably leave Friday, July 28, but possibly a week earlier, depending on circumstances.

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