Mayor Bob Werkhoven Resigns

Heidi Harris
News Editor

Valley City Mayor Bob Werkhoven told the Times-Record Thursday that he is resigning as mayor immediately.

Werkhoven, 85, said, "I've been having some health issues. I've been doing some doctoring and it take a lot of time — time I am not devoting to city business."

Werkhoven has served as mayor of Valley City since 2010 and previously had served two terms on the city commission.

Matt Pedersen is vice president of the Valley City City Commission. He said he will lead next week's city commission meeting, but the city has to wait 15 days before it can appoint a mayor.

"It is likely (that I will be appointed)," he said, "but nothing is official."

Pedersen said that it has not been determined if the city will hold a special election to replace Werkhoven. If an election is held, Pedersen said he would certainly give running for mayor strong consideration.

"I congratulate the mayor and thank him for his dedication to the city commission and the contributions he's made," Pedersen said. "And I wish him well in his retirement."

Werkhoven said he told Pedersen that he would be glad to help him out in the transition.