Barnesville Police Chief & City Administrator Resign, Plus More News & Notes from April 12th Council Meeting

Barnesville Police Chief & City Administrator Resign, Plus More News & Notes from April 12th Council Meeting

April 16, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Barnesville, MN — The City of Barnesville will be losing some its leadership following a trio of resignations at their most recent city council meeting on Monday night. Those resignations included Police Chief Dean Ernst, Police Officer Ran Beattie, and City Administrator Mike Reitz. The loss of their police chief and another officer comes as law enforcement is facing a number of challenges, and Barnesville Mayor Jason Rick says the resignations don’t come as a surprise given current events.

City Administrator Mike Reitz is leaving the city after more than a decade for a new gig in Moorhead. Mayor Rick says his departure is not unexpected as well as they were well aware that he was looking to advance his career to the next level.

Mayor Rick also noted that the public hearing for the 2023 Highway 9/Front St project will be this coming Monday, but will be held virtually.

And the Barnesville City Council approved the final plans for the liquor new liquor store building. Mayor Rick says that project will now go out for bids and he hopes that those bids don’t come back too high.

The Barnesville City Council also had a public hearing for the 2nd phase of their commercial park expansion. The city plans to move forward with infrastructure installation for that project this summer.