by Dennis Dalman
Heidi Ostlie, Sartell’s finance director, has resigned to take a new job as finance director for the city of Detroit Lakes, which is close to her place of residence.
Ostlie, who has been Sartell’s finance director for several years, had kept the Sartell City Hall staff closely posted on every step of her application with Detroit Lakes so they would not be left in the lurch. She also agreed to stay on during a transition period, but city staff soon learned that retired St. Cloud finance director, John Norman, will be able to assist Sartell.
“It would have been asking too much of Heidi to assist Sartell as much as we need on top of her commitment to Detroit Lakes, and John is very experienced through his years as the finance director in St. Cloud,” wrote Sartell City Administrator Mary Degiovanni in an email. “And he lives right in St. Joseph so he can more easily assist us during the regular workdays.”
Ostlie’s last day of work for Sartell will be April 20.