New city administrator right where he wants to be
Blooming Prairie’s new city administrator Andrew Langholz is right where he wants to be.
Langholz, who started on Feb. 4, comes to BP with the experience the city was looking for, according his predecessor Mike Jones.
“Everything has been moving along excellently,” Jones said. “I think we made the right decision. We narrowed the selection downed and anyone of those candidates could have fit, but with his experience, he was able to walk in the door and start right up. We didn’t have to do any major training.”
Langholz earned a master’s degree in urban and regional studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and spent the past three years as the city clerk in Starbuck, Minn. He earned bachelor’s degrees in ethnic studies, and urban and regional studies.
“He’s going to come with some new ideas and a young mind,” Jones said. “We will probably see some things change, that maybe, the community wanted to see occur.”
Langholz also worked with Greater Mankato Growth and with the Coon Rapids’ city inspector.
“I’d go around town and pick on people that don’t mow their lawn or have a bunch of junk vehicles laying around, something you wouldn’t want to live next to,” Langholz joked.
Langholz said the city government in Starbuck was a very small crew, so he dealt with a little bit of everything.
“It exposed me to all areas of city government and prepped me for this job,” he said. “I just felt like I was really after I did so many different things there as the city clerk.”
When Langholz was in grad school his professor asked his class of about 20 students where their ideal destination would be when entering the workforce.
“Every person but me said they wanted to be in the Twin Cities,” he said. “I like the small community because I feel like I’m held more accountable. I just feel more connected in a small town and that people seem to care a little more about each other.”
Langholz said he’s been impressed by the city’s infrastructure and amenities.
“The infrastructure here in significantly better than my previous town or even those neighboring towns,” he said. “A lot of other small communities basically let the infrastructure crumble and then cross their fingers and hope they can pay for it.”
Langholz said he’s looking forward to meeting more of the city’s residents and get more acclimated with the community.
“I’m excited how there are actually things to do here like more restaurants, bowling, golf simulator and couple of good golf courses near town that I can now actually afford,” he said. “I don’t come in with an agenda. I don’t claim to know everything. Having Mike here helps with the transition and puts me way ahead of schedule on everything. He’s just a wealth of knowledge.”