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Baxter hires city planner

BAXTER - Matthew Gindele is Baxter's new city planner. The Baxter City Council Tuesday approved hiring Gindele for the planner position. The city's planner post was vacant. Most recently, Gordon Heitke, city administrator, assumed the city planne...

BAXTER - Matthew Gindele is Baxter's new city planner.

The Baxter City Council Tuesday approved hiring Gindele for the planner position. The city's planner post was vacant. Most recently, Gordon Heitke, city administrator, assumed the city planner's duties. Heitke is currently on an extended medical leave.

Gindele was interviewed by Josh Doty, community development director, and Kelly Steele, assistant city administrator and acting administrator. Doty and Steele recommended hiring Gindele. They reported Gindele has "strong experience in municipal planning."

About 25 people applied for the position. Two were chosen for interviews. Gindele will start with a salary of $50,300.

He is currently the associate planner for the city of Dayton, where he has been since 2013. Previously he worked as a planning and zoning associate for the city of Janesville.

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Gindele is expected to start June 29.

RENEE RICHARDSON, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5852 or renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com . Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Dispatchbizbuzz .

Note: This story was corrected to show the annual salary of $50,300 not $53,000 as originally listed.

Renee Richardson is managing editor at the Brainerd Dispatch. She joined the Brainerd Dispatch in 1996 after earning her bachelor's degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University.
Renee Richardson can be reached at renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com or by calling 218-855-5852 or follow her on Twitter @dispatchbizbuzz or Facebook.
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