The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

November 28, 2012

Council changes city administrator search process

Nixes committee idea and may go with interim plan

CLINTON — Clinton is looking for a new city administrator and someone to manage the city in the interim. 

The Clinton City Council unanimously accepted the resignation of City Administrator Jeff Horne during its meeting Tuesday night. Horne will receive a severance package of six months’ salary and family health benefits as set out in his contract.  

“I want to thank you for the privilege of being city administrator and wish the city and its people nothing but the best,” Horne wrote in his resignation letter that was submitted Friday, Nov. 16.  

The council met with Horne in closed session for 15 minutes Nov. 12 to discuss his performance.  

When they came out of closed session, council members unanimously asked for Horne to resign.

Prior to the meeting, Horne had been on leave for personal reasons for several weeks.  

During the Committee of the Whole meeting, council members discussed how to approach hiring the next city administrator and what should be done while the search is performed.  

The past three city administrators have been hired through a committee formed by the mayor, and consisting of the mayor and three City Council members to refine what the city is looking for and how to handle the process. But that’s not the approach a majority of the council members wanted to take as they search for the next city leader. 

“I’m not a big believer of doing things the way they’ve always been done,” Ward 3 councilwoman Bev Herman said. “I think it would be better if we thought about the entire council being involved with this and the mayor and that we have Paul Greufe come in and help us decide how to go about this and advise us as we go along.”

Councilman John Rowland, at-large, made a motion to hire Greufe, the city’s current human resources consultant, to lead the search for a permanent city administrator and report to the Committee of the Whole throughout the process.

Council members Hermann, Jennifer Graf, at-large; and Julie Allesee, Ward 2, further stated they would like Greufe to find an interim city administrator to take some of the work off city staff including City Attorney Jeff Farwell, who is currently serving as acting city administrator.

“I agree that an interim City Administrator would be the way to go. The sooner the better,” Graf said. “I think we would be attractive to be a community for a city interim administrator even though we have some issues and some things we need to settle. This person would be a professional who actually does this.  He would be someone who is experienced and has done this for several years.”

Ward 1 councilwoman Maggie Klaes was not a fan of this plan.  

“I’m not a big person on going out and paying someone to decide who we should like,” she said.

She and Ward 4 councilman Paul Gassman cast the two dissenting votes on the motion to put Greufe in charge of the search. The other five council members voted in favor of the motion.

“I’d like to see Mr. Greufe take over and do a thorough search and also do background checks on the person we’re hiring. I’d also like to see a city interim person come in. It could be six months that we’re talking about here during which time we’re going to be going through a budget period. I think it’s going to be really important to take the right steps to get this handled correctly this time,” Allesee said.

1
Text Only
Top News
  • 10 things to know for today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

    April 21, 2014

  • Saints swept in home finale CLINTON - For the final time this year, the Ashford University baseball team took to the friendly confines of Ashford University Field. The results weren't so friendly, though. In a doubleheader dominated by pitching, Mount Mercy swept the Saints on

    April 21, 2014

  • Work still needed on legal services CLINTON -- During Tuesday's meeting, the Clinton City Council is expected to finalize its agreement with Cedar Rapids firm Lynch Dallas, officially filling Clinton's city attorney void that has lasted nearly five months. The firm's scope, spelled ou

    April 21, 2014

  • Race card season again? After years of mostly hedging any suggestion that racism has anything to do with President Barack Obama's ferocious opposition, there's a new racial etiquette in town. Top Democrats are slipping off the kid gloves. "To a significant extent, the Repub

    April 21, 2014

  • 4-21-14 Ash Borer AP photo Horticulturalists: Infestation of Emerald Ash Borer 'inevitable'

    CLINTON - Not everyone at the Bickelhaupt Arboretum can remember what happened to local horticulture in the late 1960s. They've all heard stories, though, about how Dutch Elm Disease laid waste to scores of trees across the Midwest. Now another infes

    April 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hot start, strong finish FULTON, Ill. -- A day after a struggle at the plate, Fulton found a dozen runs during the third game of the Fulton Invitational softball tournament against West Carroll to end the day. The game went four innings, and the Steamers used all four of the

    April 21, 2014

  • Medicaid paid $12M for Illinois dead

    The Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people listed as deceased in other state records, according to an internal state government memo.

    The memo dated Friday, which The Associated Press obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, says the state auditor compared clients enrolled in the Medicaid database last June with state death records dating back to 1970. Auditors identified overpayments for services to roughly 2,900 people after the date of their deaths.

    April 19, 2014

  • Ohio couple married 70 years die 15 hours apart

    A couple who held hands at breakfast every morning even after 70 years of marriage have died 15 hours apart.

    Helen Felumlee, of Nashport, died at 92 on April 12. Her husband, 91-year-old Kenneth Felumlee, died the next morning.

    April 19, 2014

  • Prince reaches agreement with music label

    Prince now owns the rights to the music he recorded on Warner Bros. Records after years of disputes and battles with the record label.

    Warner Bros. announced Friday it had reached an agreement with the pop icon, who was signed to the label from 1978 to the mid-1990s, during which time he released key projects like "Purple Rain," ''1999," ''Diamonds and Pearls" and "Around the World in a Day."

    Financial terms weren't disclosed.

    April 19, 2014

  • Ill. GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced

    A crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions.

    Illinois Republicans across the state held elections for all 18 state central committee member posts this week, replacing six of the seven officials who signed on to a letter last year to hold a vote on removing Brady as chairman. The seventh person to sign the letter, Mark Shaw of the 10th Congressional District, was re-elected to a four-year term.

    April 19, 2014

AP Video