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Schroeder says he's happy to stay in Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove City Administrator Ryan Schroeder says he is happy to return to his job of more than 13 years at Cottage Grove City Hall after he was passed over for the city of Eden Prairie's city manager post last week.

"It was a good experience going through the process, I learned some stuff," said Schroeder, who has been Cottage Grove's top staff member since 1997. "But I'm happy here."

Schroeder was one of two finalists for the Eden Prairie position. The Eden Prairie City Council voted to offer the job to current city of Hopkins city manager Rick Getschow following final interviews last Thursday.

Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey said recently he is glad to have the city's longtime administrator back, and praised him for his work over the past 13 years. Schroeder's style of cautious financial planning has helped Cottage Grove weather the economic recession, Bailey said, and will help the city rebound more quickly.

"If you think about over the past 13, 14 years, if it weren't for (Schrodeder) being very much a person that looks out a ways, I don't think we'd be in such a positive position as we are today," Bailey said.