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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • City council: Sept. 30 deadline for administrator applicants, minimum starting salary $85K

  • Council will go without a search firm this time around.
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  • At a special Crookston City Council meeting Monday, council members, Mayor Dave Genereux and interim City Administrator Pat Kelly laid out a tentative timeline that everyone hopes will have a new city administrator on board by Jan. 1, 2014, at the latest.
    The council, on a 6-1 vote, terminated Tony Chladek as city administrator a week ago.
    Unlike the search process that resulted in Chladek's hiring in February 2012, the council will not hire a search firm to lead the effort to find Chladek's replacement. "I think there's a consensus to not use a search firm this time," Genereux said.
    Kelly said the city will start advertising the position before the end of this week through various forms of media and Minnesota government-related avenues. The council agreed to a Sept. 30 application deadline, with the goal of interviewing the most qualified candidates in mid-October.
    Chladek's 2013 salary was approximately $98,000. As part of his contractual language relating to termination, he's being paid the equivalent of six months salary.
    The council on Monday agreed to a minimum starting salary for the new administrator of $85,000.

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