Council will go without a search firm this time around.

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.