MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Susan Arntz, Mankato’s new city manager, began her role on Monday.
The Mankato City Council offered Arntz the job in late August. She is the former city administrator of Waconia, but brings a list of other experiences with her as well.
“Before that, I served as the assistant city manager in New Brighton. I’ve worked in Chaska as the assistant and their economic development coordinator. Then I worked for the city of Shoreview as well and spent some time in Hennepin County,” Arntz said.
Arntz said she hopes she can bring a new perspective to the City of Mankato.
“The intrigue for Mankato was frankly talking with the previous city manager about the opportunity and then doing some secret shopping of the community kind of asking questions and gauging the community and how people feel here about Mankato, and it became just a very positive and intriguing future opportunity,” she added.
She also said one item on her radar is permanent affordable housing.
“Kind of more in the single-family piece than elsewhere, but I know that affordable housing in every aspect in the community is a challenge,” she said.
Arntz begins her new role during the pandemic but said she is ready to listen to community needs.
“Both from the business community, residents and some of our other civic-appointed leaders that in other aspects, whether it’s the school or the county, you know kind of those partners. And then also being ready to continue to navigate change,” said Arntz.
Arntz replaces Pat Hentges, who announced his plans to retire by the end of the year back in June.
Arntz is expected to make $180,000 per year with benefits in her new role in Mankato.
“I look forward to becoming a partner for people and the businesses of Mankato to try and continue the good work that’s been done and create future good work,” she said.