The Forest Lake City Council on Monday night accepted council member Mike Freer’s resignation, declared his seat vacant and finalized plans to fill the remainder of his term.
People interested in the position are asked to fill out a form on the city’s website and submit a statement of qualifications by the end of the business day on March 26. The council will meet on April 2 to discuss the interview process.
Freer resigned at noon Wednesday, months after being accused of not living in the city.
“I enjoyed working all of the outstanding staff at the city of Forest Lake,” Freer wrote in his letter of resignation. “I wish all of you well. I owe the citizens of Forest Lake an enormous debt of gratitude for their confidence in me. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance in the future.”
Freer had been on the council since 2010 and was deputy mayor; his term ran through the end of the year.
Freer allegedly moved to Maple Grove last summer after accepting a job as chief human resources officer for St. Cloud State University. The university paid a Roseville moving company more than $10,000 in moving expenses for Freer in June.
A council vote that would have removed him from office failed 2-2 in October. Freer’s attorney said at the time that he was seeking housing in Forest Lake.
The council chose Ed Eigner as deputy mayor.