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New Kasson City Administrator agrees to contract terms

Dodge County Independent of Kasson, Minnesota

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Theresa Coleman officially became the administrator for the City of Kasson last week as the City Council unanimously approved her employment contract.

Under the terms of the contract she officially began her duties on Nov. 2 with a base salary of $95,888.

The contract was approved with the only discussion a question about why the contract did not have specific information as to how she would be compensated for use of her vehicle for city duties. The reasoning, council members were told, was that since it is not known how much she will need to use her vehicle it made sense to monitor the use over the next several months and then determine if a reimbursement or a specific amount is reasonable.

"I think it's a great contract," Mayor Steve Johnson said.

Coleman was chosen as administrator earlier this month from an initial field of four candidates. The other applicants included Robert Midtovne, Kasson Community Development Director Mike Martin and Dean Zuleger. Interviews narrowed the final field to Coleman and Martin who then met with the city council earlier in October.

Coleman had been serving as the city clerk in Lewiston and also providing administrative services for the city on a contract basis and serving on the Lewistown Public Utilities Commission.

The contract signed by Coleman and the city is for an initial period of two years, from Nov. 2, 2015 through Nov. 1, 2017.

In addition to the base salary, the contract provides for the city to provide the same group hospital, medical, dental, life insurance, disability insurance, health savings account and PERA benefits provided to other city employees.

She will have sick leave as explained in the City's Personnel Policy and 18 vacation days each year beginning Jan. 1, 2016 as well as vacation days on Dec. 28, 29, 30 and 31, 2015.

The city will also budget for and pay for professional dues and subscriptions necessary for continuation and full participation in national and state associations and organizations as necessary and reasonable membership fees and/or dues to become an active member in local civic clubs or organizations that are mutually agreed to by the city and Coleman.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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