UPDATE: Newport mayor 'sorry to see' city's administrator named to Faribault post
Newport City Administrator Brian Anderson has been named the south-central Minnesota city of Faribault's new administrator.
The Faribault City Council voted to appoint Anderson, who took the Newport post in 2009, at a meeting Tuesday night, the Faribault Daily News has reported.
Anderson could not be reached Wednesday for comment. He would take over the position 30 days after negotiating a contract with the city, according to the Daily News. Faribault salary requirements call for annual pay of $110,000 to $115,000 annually.
"We're sorry to see him go," Newport Mayor Tim Geraghty said in an interview Wednesday. "He's been a good administrator."
Newport represented Anderson's first city administrator job. He joined Newport City Hall in mid-2009 from an assistant administrator position in Lakeville replacing long-time administrator Larry Bodahl, who retired in December 2008.
The Newport City Council will discuss Anderson's position at a meeting next week, Geraghty said. Once, as expected, officials receive his 30-day notice, Geraghty said the city would "immediately begin" its search for a new administrator, a process the mayor said he expects will take roughly three months.
Outstate Faribault, a city of 23,500 with a 2012 operating budget of $12.1 million - almost 20,000 more residents than Newport and $10 million more than the city's approved 2013 budget - represents for Anderson a big step up in size from small, suburban Newport.
"He's got to do what he has to do for himself and his family," Geraghty said. But, fewer than four years since the city last saw turnover in its top-ranking staff position, the recently re-elected mayor called it "a little frustrating" that Newport will now undertake a search for a new administrator.
Geraghty described as difficult "the whole process of hiring, and educating and getting a new administrator up to speed on all the issues we're facing."
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