Murphy resigns as Beltrami County administrator


Beltrami County Administrator Tony Murphy has resigned. Murphy, who served in the key post for more than a decade, submitted his resignation letter Thursday afternoon to commissioners.

“Over a period of time, the County Board and I have reached a mutual decision to separate,” Murphy wrote in an email sent to department heads.

The resignation took some county commissioners by surprise, according to the Bemidji Pioneer. Beltrami County Board Chairman Quentin Fairbanks declined to comment on Murphy’s tenure with the county, when asked by the newspaper.

In the letter, Murphy said he’s received a job offer within Minnesota and is also considering other job options.

He said he’s proud of what the county accomplished during his administrative tenure. That includes construction of a new law enforcement center, as well as new judicial and administrative buildings and expansion of the county jail.

Murphy’s last day with the county will be May 1.

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