Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader for alerting me to this Dec 2 Stillwater Gazette story: Things get ugly in Lake Elmo; shouting match prematurely ends Monday night’s city council meeting
For the second time is as many meetings, it took a motion to adjourn to break up a shouting match between Lake Elmo City Council members. Two weeks ago, council members settled down enough to finish the meeting, which ended with City Administrator Susan Hoyt announcing her plans to leave the city to take a planning position with the Metropolitan Council… Lake Elmo City Council meetings have long been contentious, but personal conflicts became increasingly common in the lead up to the Nov. 4 general election and have continued to crop up at a similar rate in the weeks since.
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"Since Lake Elmo is very political and some folks may be looking for an angle to my decision, I’ll say right up front that this change is not related to the results of the city election," she continued. Still, Hoyt’s statements both during and after the meeting subtly suggested she had also grown weary of the contentious and sometimes accusatory nature of Lake Elmo politics.
She told council members one way in which she benefited from her experience in Lake Elmo was by "being consistently reminded of how important it is to build trusting relationships and to always, always treat people respectfully in thought, word and deed every single day." When asked if the way she was treated in Lake Elmo was part of the reason she decided to leave, Hoyt said it was one of several factors she considered. "You always look at the work environment you’re in, and the personal dynamics – how people treat you – but this is also about where I’m going," she said.