by Dennis Dalman
Nate Keller, Sartell’s city planner, has resigned to take another job.
The Sartell City Council accepted his resignation at the Oct. 14 council meeting and thanked him for his years of service to the city. Keller began his job for Sartell in 2014.
He is the second employee of the city’s planning department to resign in recent months. Anita Archambeau, who worked for two decades as city planner and development director, resigned a few months ago to move to Tennessee, where her husband has a job.
Keller will begin his new job as planning/zoning specialist for Sourcewell, a planning consultant firm that works with many cities on a contract basis. Just recently, the Sartell City Council agreed to a contract with Sourcewell to help with needs in the city’s planning and community-development department.
The council will not hire someone to replace Keller because those needs will likely be filled through the city’s new contract with Sourcewell. However, that decision will be reviewed in six months as to whether or not a new employee would be required.
In his resignation letter, Keller called his decision to resign an “extremely tough” one.
“Learning a lot and being part of some truly awesome projects were rewarding personally and professionally,” he wrote.
Keller worked on grant and development proposals, public outreach and other components of planning.
He said that working with residents, stakeholders, media, co-workers and others was “truly an honor.”
Author: Dennis Dalman
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.