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Wells hires Leslie

By Staff | Jul 14, 2013

After months of going without, the City of Wells has finally found a replacement city administrator.

The council held a special meeting on July 1 to hold interviews and discuss applicants. Before the meeting concluded, the council voted to offer the position to Robin Leslie.

She is hired under the following terms: a yearly salary of $52,500 to $55,000 with no comp-time earned; six-months probation period, vacation, insurance and benefits.

Applications were previously reviewed under a closed session and narrowed down to three finalists; Leslie, Andrew Bremer and Jordan Lee.

Lee had turned down the offer for an interview which left two in the running.

“Only Robin and Andrew we’re interviewed,” Deputy City Clerk Deb Redman says.

Leslie had previous experience working for the city of Oshkosh and Bremer was from Fergus Falls and had just recently completed college.

After the interviews were complete, the council went into a closed session to review the interviewees.

Council member John Herman made the motion to offer the position to Leslie, with council member Ashley Seedorf giving the second to the motion.

Leslie will begin as the new city administrator on July 22.

That day, council member Seedorf and Mayor Ron Gaines will work with Leslie and get her acquainted with the city and different department supervisors.

But, Leslie is no stranger to the Faribault County area. Although she had previously worked in the city of Oshkosh, she is a graduate of Blue Earth Area High School.

Redman adds that Leslie is excited to become involved with the community of Wells.

“She has already agreed to attend a ribbon cutting on her first day,” she says.

The previous city administrator position was held by Steve Bloom who was terminated at the March 25 council meeting.

The city has been without an administrator or interim administrator since that time.