Melanie Mesko Lee

Melanie Mesko Lee.

Updated at 5:45 p.m. Friday

Burnsville City Manager Melanie Mesko Lee resigned this week, the city announced Friday.

Lee's resignation, effective Friday, Jan. 14, will be formally accepted by the Burnsville City Council on Tuesday, according to a press release from the city. 

City documents prepared for the upcoming meeting indicate the council also plans to move forward with a separation agreement, including six-month severance pay and payment of accrued leave and benefits. 

Lee's resignation letter does not provide a reason for her departure. The council received the letter during a closed special meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 12 when they reconvened to continue Lee's performance evaluation. 

"As discussed with you, I am resigning my position as Burnsville City Manager," Lee wrote in the resignation letter. 

"I am excited to see what is next for the City of Burnsville and I wish you, the community, and the organization continued success," she concluded. 

Lee, former city manager of Hastings, became Burnsville's top administrator in 2019. Gregg Lindberg, Burnsville's deputy city manager, will fill the role in the interim. 

In a press release, Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz thanked Lee for her leadership and service. 

“Organizational change can be scary, but it also represents an opportunity,” Kautz said. “Burnsville is made up of hundreds of talented staff members who come to work every day with a singular goal of furthering our vision of being a vibrant city, boldly leading, welcoming to all. I’m confident that our staff will continue to serve Burnsville’s community with professionalism and excellence.”

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