HOWARD LAKE, MN – Following a special meeting of the Howard Lake City Council Wednesday, the council approved offering Nicholas Haggenmiller of Montevideo the Howard Lake city administrator position by a 4-1 vote.
Mayor Rick Lammers and council members Pete Zimmerman, Al Munson, and Tom Kutz voted in favor of the motion, and Council Member Jan Gilmer voted against it.
Gilmer voted against the motion because it called for the position to be offered to Nathan Ehalt of Zimmerman if Haggenmiller did not accept the offer.
Gilmer expresse a preference for John Meyer of Avon, who he thought had more experience, as a second choice if Haggenmiller declined.
The offer was made to Haggenmiller pending a favorable outcome of a background check.
Haggenmiller impressed members of the Howard Lake City Council by coming to town and completing research before his final interview, they said.
“I was impressed with how he answered questions, he seemed very energetic,” said Lammers. “I feel that Nick is someone who will come in and do the absolute best he can.”
Haggenmiller has been the assistant city manager for community development for the city of Montevideo since May 2008.