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Published January 04, 2011, 11:58 AM

Heisler Resigns as Ramsey County Emergency Manager

The Ramsey County Commission voted, with much regret today, to accept a letter of resignation from an employee who has spent 21 years fighting the Devils Lake flood. Tim Heisler sent his letter to the commission on December 20th, and by a unanimous vote his letter was approved.

The Ramsey County Commission voted, with much regret today, to accept a letter of resignation from an employee who has spent 21 years fighting the Devils Lake flood.

Tim Heisler sent his letter to the commission on December 20th, and by a unanimous vote his letter was approved.

Ramsey County Commissioner Joe Belford says, "I can see why he wants to move on. It's been steady."

A steady flood fight for the past 17 years, which means Tim Heisler's entire career as Ramsey County Emergency Manger has been spent fighting off the waters of Devils Lake.

He began his work for the county as a blade man..running plows and blades then after 12 years became emergency manager.

"It was big news, we had been expecting it. He's been around a long time, done a tremendous job as emergency manager and of course, he carried other duties as well," explains Belford.

Other duties including Homeland Security Director, Risk Manager, and Floodplain Administrator.

Heisler's seen a lot in 21 years and says he will continue to fight the rising waters.

"I'll still be working with you to try and solve this...just trying to move forward a bit with my life," said Heisler to the Ramsey County Commission this morning.

He'll still serve as a city commissioner and is pursuing part-time employment.

Heisler says, "it's not easy, I'm planning on retiring but semi-retirement."

Heisler listed his last day as February 28, but says he will help in the transition of a new employee.

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