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Emergency manager resigns after two weeks

Becker County officials decided to tag-team the situation after learning that newly-hired emergency manager for Becker County Bryan Christensen had resigned two weeks after being hired.

On the recommendation of County Administrator Jack Ingstad, former emergency manager Rusty Haskins will step back into the role, supported by Ingstad as deputy emergency manager.

Ingstad served as county emergency manager for six years as a county administrator in Colorado, and EDA supervisor Guy Fischer will help write grants to support the position.

Commissioners accepted Ingstad's interim plan Tuesday, and a redesign committee will look at how to set the position up moving into the future.

Ingstad told commissioners that few qualified people are willing to take on a 12-16 hour a week position.

Ingstad said the county has a good plan, but it needs to be tweaked, and the county is well-positioned to handle things in the event of an emergency or disaster.

Ingstad said he will call a committee consisting of the sheriff, local emergency providers like fire and ambulance, and county staff to look at the emergency operations plan, hazard assessment and emergency operations center in the next two months.

Board Chairman Larry Knutson thanked Haskins and Fischer for stepping up to the plate in a difficult situation.