Mankato City Council votes to censure Councilmember Mark Frost

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Published: Feb. 14, 2022 at 10:42 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2022 at 5:14 PM CST
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - The Mankato City Council disciplines one of their own members Monday night.

In a 4-0 vote, the council passed a resolution censuring Councilmember Mark Frost.

Frost did not vote.

He is accused of contacting the employer of a Mankato resident in 2017, after the man and his wife voiced concerns about the city’s deer hunt.

“At the Jan. 24, 2022 council work session, during the discussion about Mankato’s participation in the DNR program for archery deer hunting, the council learned from residents at the meeting that Councilmember Frost engaged in conduct in 2017 related to the resident,” Mayor Najwa Massad said.

According to the resolution, Massad and Council President Mike Laven looked into the matter and confirmed that Frost had sent the e-mail in question.

The council’s resolution removes Frost from all of his committee assignments for the remainder of 2022.

“This is not a position of power. We have been voted into this position, and our job is to be respectful of everyone here and to be respectful of our constituents,” Councilmember Jenn Melby-Kelley said.

City attorney Pam Whitmore said the council doesn’t have the authority to remove one of their own.

“You are a charter city, as the mayor had reflected, and so within that there is no authority for you as a council to remove an elected official,” she said.

Frost issued an apology at Monday’s meeting.

”You know writing the email was probably a mistake. That’s all there is to it, so I apologize for that, for putting the whole council through all this garbage. But very frustrated at the meeting and you guys need to do what you need to do,” Frost said.

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