Advertising begins Monday and finalists will be selected April 27.
The Crookston City Council approved the community profile that will go along with the advertising of the city administrator position during a special meeting Thursday evening. The firm managing the search, David Drown Associates (DDA), has worked with the council through the timeline and DDA consultant Liza Donabauer told them advertising will start Monday.
Finalists for the city administrator position will be chosen April 27 and interviews will begin in May.
Donabauer led the council through each section of the profile, pausing to answer questions or ask if they had any changes. The first one to speak up Thursday was Ward 1’s Jake Fee who said the organizational chart should have reflected the “strong council, weak mayor” concept that the city has adopted through the charter, but otherwise looked good to him.
Mayor Dale Stainbrook asked if they should include that Crookston’s two clinics, Altru and RiverView, have satellite clinics in other towns, but new councilman Joe Kresl, Ward 5, and Ward 3’s Clayton Briggs thought information should just be about the local community. Stainbrook also pointed out that RiverView no longer had a nursing home so that piece needed removal.
In regards to Crookston having a 9-hole golf course, it was suggested that the language made it sound like it was city-owned but it’s, in fact, privately-owned, so that change will be made as well. Interim City Administrator Angel Weasner joked that the city does have a 9-hole golf course, but it’s a disc golf course, two of them, so that would be added, too.
Other changes, suggested by Stainbrook, included adding Eickhof Columbaria to manufacturing employers and not using the term “alderman” for a council person.
A short conversation was had about allowing the city administrator to live outside of Crookston and Kresl asked if it was even legal to suggest they live in town. Donabauer said it wasn’t legal, but they could offer a moving reimbursement or “dangle a carrot” for a potential administrator. At-Large Council Member Tom Vedbraaten said he’s heard people talk about other administrators who were “going to raise taxes and they don’t even live here.”
“If someone from East Grand Forks wanted to be the city administrator here they could do that?” asked councilman Briggs.
“You would sure want them to live here and see what’s part of this town and the happenings,” added Kresl.
Donabauer told the council those are the things they could “flush out” through interviews and “meet and greets.”
During the salary portion of the discussion, the council and the mayor seemed to go back and forth about the amounts of the range they will offer though, after Donabauer gave comparable city administrator salary ranges from other communities and suggested they could attract some good candidates, the council settled on a $96,000-$124,000 range.
Weasner said the city will have to increase the budget to allow for the proposed salary range as, right now, she had only budgeted a certain percentage over the previous administrator’s salary.