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Bemidji City Council: No clear results from Chattin review

The Bemidji City Council met for nearly two hours last Monday to evaluate the performance of City Manager John Chattin.

The work session was closed to the public and media, according to Minnesota Statute. A summary of the closed session, however, must be presented during the next open meeting.

That summary is included in the agenda packet for this coming Monday's regular City Council:

"The City Council was closely divided on the performance of the city manager with a work session to be scheduled in 2010 for the purpose of evaluation goal setting."

According to the draft minutes of the work session, six council members were present; Councilor Greg Negard was absent. Also present were City Attorney Al Felix and City Clerk Kay Murphy, who records the minutes of council meetings.

The meeting was closed at 5:30 p.m. and reopened at 7:20 p.m.

A work session, according to the draft minutes, will be scheduled in January, perhaps with facilitator Jim Brimeyer.

Brimeyer is the founder and former owner of The Brimeyer Group, an executive search firm based in Hopkins, Minn. Brimeyer is vice president of the business and continues to serve in an advisory capacity.

The Brimeyer Group was hired by the city in 2006 by the city to assist in the search and hiring of a new city manager. Jim Brimeyer reviewed the 23 applications received and screened the applicants.

Chattin, who began working for Bemidji on Nov. 6, 2006, was selected from a pool of six finalists, replacing David Minke, who left the city in June 2006. The council voted unanimously to hire Chattin, who previously worked as the county administrator for Swift and Yellow Medicine counties.