January 8 Sleepy Eye City Council meeting.

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Sleepy Eye City Council unanimously approved the motion: “to offer the position of the Sleepy Eye City Manager to and negotiate the terms of employment with Kelli Truver.” The council’s action happened after a couple months of work with Liza Donabauer, of DDA, the firm that assisted the city in the search for a new city manager.

Last month the council chose five finalists for the position and scheduled the interview process for Jan. 7 and 8. Two of the finalists withdrew before the interviews.

Three candidates were in Sleepy Eye on Monday, Jan. 7, to meet people in the community on their own initiative, visit with city employees, tour the town, and attend a community meet and greet event late in the afternoon. On Tuesday, the council learned that one of the candidates withdrew. The final two candidates were interviewed by the PUC and city council in the afternoon.

Donabauer had collected written comments about the candidates from community members, city employees, and the PUC members, after they met with the candidates. After the interviews, she read those comments to the council members and then asked them to write their first choice (and second if they wished to) on a paper ballot. She read the results, which were not unanimous, but weighed in favor of Truver. After some discussion, the motion to offer the position to Truver was made and unanimously passed.

Donabauer will negotiate terms of employment with Truver. The council decided to offer Truver a salary of $105,000.

Truver currently lives in Arizona. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, a master’s in Public Administration and Global Management, and a PhD in Public Adminstration.

Regular council business followed:

The council approved the mayor’s appointments to city committees. While most were renewals, new appointments included Pat Bruggeman to the Blight Committee; and a new Downtown Revitalization Committee with members Christi Currier, Sara Hornbrook, Tom Larson, Kathy Krenz, and Gary Windschitl.

The council approved Fire Department officers as presented by Chief Ron Zinniel, including Zinniel to remain as Chief; Aaron Schauman, 1st Asst. Chief (new); Jeff Zinniel, 2nd Asst. Chief; Jesse Fischer Secretary (new); Al Windschitl, Fire Marshal; and Scott Krzmarzick, Asst. Fire Marshal (new).

Engineer Dave Palm’s report: There is a public hearing for the 2020 street and utility project on Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Event Center. City Manager Mark Kober said notices to 455 affected property owners would go out Friday. The council gave Palm approval to prepare plans and specs for the 12th Ave. NE and St. Mary’s St. project. The council approved plans and authorized invitation of bids for the 12th Ave. SE street and utility work from Maple St. to the south end of Frontier Labs lot.