City Administrator David McKnight sat in on his last Mendota Heights City Council meeting Tuesday.
McKnight has accepted the position of city administrator in his hometown of Farmington, where he will begin work at the end of the month.
“I get a chance to go home,” he explained to the public.
The council and staff will meet Aug. 30 to begin the selection process for his replacement.
City Engineer John Mazzitello has stepped in as interim administrator while a replacement is found.
McKnight was hired in 2009 after the retirement of Jim Danielson.
Mayor Sandra Krebsbach thanked McKnight for his expertise during her transition, for maintaining the city’s finances, and for aiding in the appointment of Mike Povolny. “It was all handled with great dignity and professionalism,” said Krebsbach.
The city is accepting applications through Aug. 25, with a goal of having a new administrator start in December. The position is advertised with a pay range of $87,751 to $106,661.