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Mayor names Fletcher as his choice

By Staff | Jan 8, 2012

Tom Fletcher

The wait for a police chief in Blue Earth may soon be over.

Mayor Rob Hammond Jr. announced to the council at the end of Tuesday’s meeting he would be recommending Tom Fletcher for the position.

The official decision whether to confirm the appointment of Fletcher will be made at the Jan. 17 council meeting. A simple majority vote from council members will be needed to approve the recommendation.

“Tom did a nice job in the interview process,” Hammond says. “All of his references checked out well.”

Hammond, along with City Administrator Kathy Bailey and Faribault County Sheriff Mike Gormley, made up a panel who interviewed three current Blue Earth Police officers Tuesday morning for the chief position. Interviews varied in length, but lasted between 30 and 45 minutes.

“All in all I was pleased with the three interviews,” Hammond says. “All three had very good answers and raised good questions.”

Following the interviews, the panel went through references in regards to the candidates.

By the time of the council meeting, Hammond had made his selection.

At the end of the meeting, under the agenda item of other business, he announced his recommendation.

Hammond was able to nominate Fletcher for the position of police chief through the city’s charter. Former police chief, Dean Vereide was appointed in the same fashion.

In other business, the council:

• Approved the Council Technology Policy. The new policy establishes a “tool allowance” to provide council members with the items needed to access and store written materials. A total of $750 will be given to each council member per four-year term to buy computers, iPads and other electronic devices to transfer and store meeting materials.

• Held an improvement hearing for new zoning measures in residential districts.

Preliminary limitations were set at:

– Personal trailer’s must not exceed 40 feet in length.

-The maximum height of a garage must not exceed 14 feet.

-The maximum square footage of a garage will not be allowed to exceed 1,300 square feet.

A final hearing will be held at the Jan. 17 council meeting.

• Set the 2012 council meeting dates and appointed David Frundt as city attorney, Wes Brown as city engineer, Faribault County Register as the official newspaper and First Bank Blue Earth as the official depository.