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Announcements, Events, Recently Updated

1. Call to Order. The special meeting of the Council of the City of Rogers was called to order by Mayor Grimm on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. at the Rogers Community Room, 21201 Memorial Drive, Rogers, MN, 55374.

Council present: Rob Bell, Jay Bunting, Jason Grimm, Rick Ihli, and Maureen Stanley.

Staff present: Jeff Carson, City Attorney; Stacy Doboszenski, Assistant City Administrator; Robert Shellum, Interim Director of Public Safety; and Steve Stahmer, City Administrator.

1. Discussing Finalists for the Position of Chief of Police and Extending the Job Offer to the Chosen Candidate
Bill Joynes, of Midwest Government Advisors, addressed the Council providing an update on the background that has been done to date stating there is nothing in either candidate's background that would preclude them from being eligible for hire. Joynes stated all interviews have been completed, including the one-on-one interviews with members of the Council. The recommendation for tonight is to select a candidate for continued background/assessment, contract negotiation, and move toward a June 12, 2012 swearing in ceremony.

Bunting stated we had two incredibly well qualified candidates and both could do a good job for the City. Bunting stated with the unique needs in Rogers, Beahen is the better candidate with extensive experience.

Ihli echoed Buntings statement and with the task at hand leans toward Beahen. Ihli stated his is a sound leader and a great choice. Ihli stated both are excellent candidates.

Stanley echoed the same sentiments of Bunting and Ihli. Stanley thanked the consultants for bringing forward such good candidates. She stated it was not an easy decision saying Beahen is the stronger candidate and wishes Mr. Gullickson all the best.

Bell stated both gentlemen are highly qualified. In looking at the overall needs of the community and the department, he agrees with selecting Beahen with his extensive experience. Bell commented on both being great candidates and thanked the consultants.

Grimm stated that Beahen brings instant credibility. Grimm said during the interview when he told Beahen that he doesn't want a dictator, Beahen stated "that's not who I am". Grimm commented on both candidates being very good. Grimm asked Council to hold Beahen accountable.

Bunting moved, Bell seconded a motion to authorize the consultants to present a conditional job offer to Jeff Beahen. Motion carried 5-0.

Joynes again addressed the Council stating Beahen will be moving forward with the necessary assessments per state law and those documents will be presented to Administrator Stahmer and urged the Council to review them.

Joynes stated over the past nine months the City and staff have been really easy to work with. He commented on having a great staff and good people in the department and thanked Council.

2. Adjourn
Bell moved, Stanley seconded a motion to adjourn at 8:12 p.m. Motion carried 5-0.

Respectfully submitted,
Stacy Doboszenski
Assistant City Administrator/Clerk

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