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Brainerd City Council: Hiring policy of non-department heads to be put in place

Both the Safety and Public Works Committee and the Personnel and Finance Committee brought forth their suggestions to move and approve the development on a hiring policy of non-department heads during Monday’s Brainerd City Council meeting.

An issue raised at past Brainerd City Council meetings, a suggested policy change focused on who would be involved in hiring decisions and if the council members should be more involved earlier in the process.

“The Safety and Public Works Committee has addressed this three times and the Personnel and Finance Committee has addressed this three times,” said council member and Personnel and Finance Chair, Bonnie Cumberland. “The non-written policy (for hiring non-department heads) we followed in the past seems appropriate but we need to put something down in writing and make it effective immediately.”

Council member Kelly Bevans moved to put an official policy in place, with a second from Lucy Nesheim. Both council member Bob Olson and council president Mary Koep opposed the motion, with Koep stating, “I think by putting this policy the council is virtually written out and with only a final say by council, it makes us a rubber stamp which I think is just wrong.”

The motion was approved 5-2 to which Koep responded, “God help us all.”

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