May 21, 2014 at 10:40 am
Embattled east grand forks (mn) economic development and housing authority director jim richter informed the city Tuesday that he is retiring effective immediately. Richter has been on paid administrative leave since may 6th after it became public that a 510-thousand dollar loan made to boardwalk enterprises in 1999 has gone unpaid. The east side council accepted the retirement notice last night but many members vowed to make corrections in the system and seek repayment of the loan.
Richter’s status with the city was the subject of a closed door meeting last week between the e-d-h-a board and city council. a council agenda item suggested the city would act on richter’s resignation. City administrator david Murphy says he and two staffers will lead the e-d-h-a until things are sorted out.
knox / doug barrett