Eudora city administrator resigns, takes similar job in Minnesota

Eudora City Administrator John Harrenstein announced his resignation, effective March 1, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Harrenstein, who gave notice of his resignation Monday to the Eudora City Council, has accepted a similar position with the City of North Mankato, Minn. He’s been the city administrator since 2009.

Harrenstein said he has enjoyed his time in Eudora, but the opening in Minnesota will bring him closer to his family in Iowa. North Mankato has a population of about 13,000 and is close to the Iowa border.

The citizens of Eudora “welcomed me into their town,” he said. “I’m indebted to them.”

Harrenstein is the third high-ranking city official to resign in recent months, with the city recently hiring a new police and fire chief. But Harrenstein said the turnover “is in no way a negative reflection” of the city, which he said is “poised for great things.”

In his three years with the city, Harrenstein said he’s most proud of helping build the city’s financial infrastructure and reorganizing the city’s administration.

Harrenstein said he will help the city find a replacement.