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Dan Vogt back in the public eye

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It didn’t take former Brainerd city administrator Dan Vogt long to get back into the public’s eye after retiring June 30 after 23 years, and another nine years of managing other Minnesota cities.

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Vogt was hired Monday to be the Little Falls City interim administrator. The council unanimously voted to hire Vogt to work on a limited time basis of 20 hours a week for an unknown period of time.

Lori Kasella, Little Falls finance director said the council did not set a time limit on how long Vogt would be under contract with the city. Kasella has been the interim city administrator along with Public Works Director Jerry Lochner since former Little Falls administrator Garrison Hale resigned 2 1/2 years ago

Kasella said the council’s intent is to hire a temporary city administrator, while the city continues its search for a full-time city administrator. Kasella said Vogt will be responsible for evaluating staffing needs and policies and finding out what the city’s strengths and weaknesses are.

In a telephone interview, Vogt, who started his own business, DJV Consulting LLC, said when he retired as Brainerd’s city administrator he planned to stay active. Vogt said he has been looking at various career options and when Little Falls contacted him about doing some interim work, he complied.

“They need someone to advise them on various things and I’m available and I have the expertise,” said Vogt. “And I need something to do. I’ve been doing things around the house, but I need something else to keep me busy ... I’ve got a few more good years in me.”

Vogt served a year internship in Little Falls as assistant city administrator in 1977, before being offered his first city administrator job in 1978 in Rogers.

Bob Derus of Bob Derus Government Consulting LLC was the other candidate for the interim position. Derus served the last 15 years of his career in St. Michael and has helped other cities recruit and hire city administrators.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl.

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