Ben Sander ousted incumbent Tim Heisler in last June’s election to win his first race for elected office.

City Commissioner Ben Sander has announced his intent to resign in the coming months just over a year after being elected.

Sander ousted incumbent Tim Heisler in last June’s election to win his first race for elected office. The outgoing commissioner laid out his reasons for the move in a news release, presented in full below:

"Devils Lake City Commissioner, Ben Sander, has announced that he will be vacating his commission seat in the coming months. Sander has accepted a position in Fargo, ND and will begin a slow transition of moving to that area.

During the interim, Sander’s residency will remain in Devils Lake and he will continue to serve the Devils Lake community until time no longer allows or his family’s move out of the city becomes complete, whichever comes first. Ben and his wife, Amber, will continue to operate their retail store in Downtown Devils Lake and operations will continue there as normal.

'I’ve really enjoyed being on the commission and being involved in progressing our community. This has been a great experience and it is disappointing to me that I will not be able to complete my full term in office. I look forward to helping wrap up a couple things that I’ve been involved with and providing as best of insight as I can, for as long as I can.

'My family will miss living in Devils Lake but will always call it home. We will remain involved with the community though, as Boots & Heels will continue operating as normal and we still have some of our closest family members and friends residing in the area.'

Sander’s term officially expires in June of 2020. The Commission will have a couple options upon acceptance of Sander’s resignation. They could hold a special city election to fill the vacancy, or fifteen days after the vacancy is created, appoint a person to fill it until the next city election, which would be in June of 2018.

Sander’s portfolio includes the following: Sewer Commissioner; Assessor/Building Official Commissioner; Parking Authority; Senior Meals & Services Board of Directors; Senior Commission on Aging; and Local Emergency Preparedness Committee."