Council meets on Berg inquiry

BAYPORT — The City Council holds a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. today to discuss an investigation into charges made by a city employee against City Administrator Mitch Berg.

A city employee confirmed that notice of the special meeting was posted for the purpose of discussing preliminary allegations and charges against another city employee.

Bayport officials have not said what the claims are, but Berg believes the allegations are retribution for his request to rescind his resignation as city manager earlier this year.

Although state law allows government bodies to close meetings to discuss personnel, legal matters and labor negotiations, Berg said he has requested that Thursday’s meeting be open to the public.

Berg submitted his resignation in January, saying he was willing to stay on until the city hired a new administrator. However, Berg moved to rescind his resignation several weeks later when he said it appeared the council would not accept the offer he made in his resignation.

Published reports several months ago said Berg and Stillwater City Planner Mike Pogge were among the candidates for the Thief River Falls city manager’s post.