by Tammy Sakry
Ramsey Mayor Bob Ramsey’s long work commute will soon be coming to an end.
He has accepted a position effective Feb. 27 as a mechanic with Elite Lift Truck, Inc., a Ramsey company.
Currently, Ramsey works as a mechanic repairing trucks for Eagle Well Service in Minot, N.D.
He heard that Elite Lift was looking for an experienced mechanic and he applied, said Ramsey, who has been working as a mechanic since he was 17 years old and in the U.S. Army.
“It is awesome to find a job in Ramsey. I don’t like being in North Dakota,” Ramsey said.
Ramsey was not sure how long he would have stayed with Eagle Well Service, he said.
The company has been sold to a larger company and there are plans to move the company farther west to Williston, N.D., he said.
Ramsey’s current work schedule is from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, but he takes off twice a month, traveling back on the Amtrak train, to attend Ramsey City Council meetings.
The work sessions that Ramsey cannot be attendance in person, he tries to attend via computer conferencing.
While his new job will not bring in as much money as his current position, he had to take it, Ramsey said.
If Ramsey even thought about not taking the new job, he thinks his wife and daughter, who remained in Ramsey, would have been very upset, he said.
Plus the commute is much shorter, Ramsey said.
Although his decision to take a job in North Dakota was controversial for some, Ramsey said he had a lot of supporters.
He had about three supporters to every one critic, he said.
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