Albert Lea mayor resigns after death of his wife

Mike Murtaugh, mayor of Albert Lea, will resign effective this weekend, less than two months after his wife died of cancer. He’d previously said he was withdrawing from a re-election bid and urged residents not to vote for him, even though his name will remain on the ballot.

The Albert Lea Tribune reports that he wants to focus on being a father to his two daughters, Erin and Tierney, after the August death of his wife, Geri, following her battle with cancer. She was 48 and had been an assistant editor and writer at the Albert Lea newspaper.

The city of Albert Lea is also without a permanent city manager; newly hired manager Jim Norman is on administrative leave after being charged with using a city credit card to buy personal items. He has said he thought he was following procedure — charging items as part of his reimbursement for costs of moving to Albert Lea from his previous job in Afton.

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