Minnetrista Mayor Cheryl Fischer resigns

After 20 years of service, Fischer thanks residents in letter

 Minnetrista Mayor Cheryl Fischer resigned on Thursday, April 10. Here Fischer is seen in the 2013 Spirit of the Lakes parade. (File photo by Theresa Malloy)

Minnetrista Mayor Cheryl Fischer resigned on Thursday, April 10. Here Fischer is seen in the 2013 Spirit of the Lakes parade. (File photo by Theresa Malloy)

Mayor Cheryl Fischer submitted her resignation as the mayor of Minnetrista on Wednesday, April 9. She stepped down on Thursday, April 10, and in her official resignation letter told City Administrator Mike Funk: “I will always be grateful for the great job you are doing and have done for the last 8 years. Many thanks for the honest and ethical representation of the city and your assistance to me (and the council). I wish you luck in your future endeavors and know you will do well. I believe we worked well together and, along with others, did some great things during my watch, but that it is just too difficult to make progress with the present council.”

She stated that the last two years of her mayoral term will be place on the ballot for the 2014 election.

“The mayoral position should be voted on by the citizens of Minnetrista,” she wrote.

At the publication deadline for this issue, the city had just received this announcement and was awaiting legal counsel of how to proceed with filling the position. This will be addressed at the next city council meeting scheduled at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 21.

Fischer’s letter

TO: A letter to the Residents, Staff, City Council, Commissions, Consultants, and Volunteers of Minnetrista.

Good morning to everyone:

Let me start by saying that I have enjoyed my time with the City of Minnetrista (nearly 20 years) and all the challenges and the opportunities that presented themselves during my tenure.

It was my pleasure and honor to represent the city during these growing years and I was able to watch and sometimes affect the many changes that came our way. We worked well with other agencies such as the Minnehaha Watershed District, Three Rivers Park District and the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District, and Hennepin County all of whom assisted Minnetrista in reaching its goals.

I’ve enjoyed working with all of you and having the pleasure of meeting all of you along the way! I thank you for your continued commitment and support.

I feel that it is right at this time in my life to retire from my duties of the city and concentrate more on my family and friends. I have been extremely fortunate to work with very talented, experienced and intelligent people and I thank you for affording me that opportunity. I leave the city in the hands of a talented and professional staff. Our staff is phenomenal and they care a great deal about the city and its residents and are able to assist you when you are trying to get something done.

Minnetrista is a beautiful city with an open feeling, wetlands, rolling hills and green spaces. Many things have been accomplished with your help. We have built beautiful neighborhoods designed to incorporate our natural amenities. We have wonderful regional parks and trails as well as our neighborhood parks which add amenities and green space.

The city’s finances are in good shape with an AA+ credit rating. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish on my watch.

I wish the best of luck as you move forward with plans and purposeful direction for our wonderful City.

I want to thank the previous council members with whom I have been fortunate to serve.

To Mike Funk and our staff, I want to say a special “thank you” also for the many kindnesses you have shown me personally and your positive “can-do” attitude.

Regretfully, I also feel the need to alert the residents of Minnetrista that, in my opinion, the present members of the council are poised to undo many of the accomplishments of the past 15 years. The very idea that some of them admit to not even reading their meeting packets, should be an insult, since they are making decisions on your behalf.

I will miss you all, but hope that we can be in touch.

Effective April 10, 2014, I will retire after 16 years as Mayor and 20 years of total service to Minnetrista.


Cheryl Fischer
Mayor of Minnetrista