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Flandrich to retire as St. Paul Park Public Works supervisor

After 18 years as head of the St. Paul Park Public Works Department, supervisor Lee Flandrich submitted his formal resignation last week. His last day will be Oct. 31.

"It's been a blast working for this department," Flandrich said in a recent interview.

Putting off his retirement for many years, he said it was time pass on his duties to someone else.

As supervisor, Flandrich oversaw planning, design, construction operation and maintenance of all city roads, the water, sewer and storm sewer systems, and the maintenance of city-owned equipment. Under his direction, roads and sidewalks were cleared after a snowstorm, neighborhoods were cleared of debris after severe rainstorms and public roads were kept up.

Despite being involved in a recent criminal investigation during which he was cleared of allegations of city vehicle damage, Flandrich said he had planned to retire this year for some time.

"It's been my pleasure working for the city of St. Paul Park and the citizens," he added. "Now I'm looking forward to spending time with my wife, turning my phone off and never using my alarm clock again."

Before becoming the public works department supervisor, Flandrich also worked for the city of Newport.

-Emily Buss