Perham looking for new economic development director after Keil resignation

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Kevin Keil poses for a portrait on Tuesday, March 19. (Focus file photo)

Perham’s economic development director has resigned.

Kevin Keil confirmed to the Focus Friday morning, Nov. 15, that he has offered his resignation to the city effective at the end of December. He said he submitted the resignation to the city's Economic Development Authority board, and that the timelines is flexible, if needed.

Keil has been in the director’s position since April. He replaced Chuck Johnson, who was economic development director for 16 years.

A Perham native, Keil previously was the city’s mayor. He resigned that position in 2010, about halfway through his second two-year term.

Perham City Manager Jonathan Smith Monday said that ads have already started to run for the next economic development director. With the holidays approaching, Smith said the city is keeping the window tight: they are taking applications until the third of December.


Smith said he doesn't expect the job duties to change too much, if at all.

"We’ve been fortunate throughout the year, we’ve had a strong economy with industries and downtown business," he said. "So we are staying on top of that."

He said that affordable housing continues to be a top issue for Perham, and the region. The mix of rental vs. owner-occupied, as well as new development vs. rehabbing existing housing, will be a priority going forward for the new director and the city, Smith said.

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