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Perham Mayor Keil resigns from seat

Kevin Keil

"I am not very good at doing things not very good."

That was one of the comments written by Mayor Kevin Keil, in his resignation letter to the Perham City Council.

Keil, who served four years on the city council and was midway through his second, two-year term as mayor, cited increased responsibilities at work as among his reasons for stepping down.

Also, the pending sale of his Perham home and the intent of moving to a new house outside of city limits on the Otter Tail River at some point in the future, was another factor in his decision.

At the Feb. 9 city council meeting, Deputy Mayor Tim Meehl presided at the meeting.

The city is requesting that anybody who is interested in serving as mayor submit a letter of interest to city hall by Feb. 22. Meehl said he would likely submit a letter, which would open up a council seat for appointment.

The mayoral appointment would be only for the remainder of calendar year 2010, as the mayor's seat will be on the November election ballot. At that time, a mayor will be formally elected for a two-year term.

For the past half-year, it has become very busy at KLN, said Keil, who is a manager at company headquarters. The expansion in Perham, the new plant in Phoenix and management changes scheduled for March are among the reasons Keil cited for resigning..

"...I need to focus my attention on being part of the continued success of KLN Companies, not just for the success of KLN, but for the continued growth of the city."

"There is not another community that has more dedicated, capable and responsible staff and leaders than what we have in Perham," wrote Keil in the conclusion of his resignation letter. "You should be proud of what you have accomplished and your progressive attitudes."