A new set of eyes in Tracy


The city’s newest employee looks forward to utilizing his mediation skills

By Per Peterson

New Tracy City Administrator Kris Ambuehl is feeling right at home, even though his current living arrangements are temporary.
Ambuehl is renting an apartment in Tracy while he gets settled into his office at city hall and his new role as city administrator. He’s investigating the local housing market and still has some repairs to complete on his home in Little Falls.
“I have a lot to consider,” he said about his housing situation in an interview Friday — his fifth day on the job. “Right now, my main concern was to get here and start working. Honestly, I thought I’d have to stay in a hotel for a long time at first. I was really fortunate to have my choice between a couple of apartments.”
Ambuehl said his first week on the job was a good one. He came in well-versed on some of the issues in town by following past city council meetings online, reading through agendas and simply having conversations with the public.
However, he said, “it’s different once you get involved and you can see all aspects of everything,” he said. “I was really happy to jump into a lot of issues. There are a couple issues that have been plaguing the city for a while that we can have solved soon.”
Ambuehl said he believes he was able to apply his mediation skills to those situations to help the city move forward.

For more on this article, see this week’s Headlight-Herald.