Rowland made the motion to choose Kinser, with Graf seconding the motion.
When it came time for a vote, Klaes joined her fellow council members in supporting Kinser. Ward 4 Councilman Paul Gassman was absent from the meeting.
Kinser would replace former City Administrator Jeff Horne, who resigned in November. She has served as interim city administrator since January.
A community- and business-based committee played a major role in the selection process, which began with 24 applicants who were narrowed to a field of 17, then down to Kinser and Benson. The two finalists underwent an intensive interview process in late May.
Rowland pointed out that it cost $2,500 to test each candidate and that both did very well in the testing and were qualified to fill the position.
Graf also was impressed with both candidates, whom she described as top-notch, saying the committee did a great job with its research of the applicants.
“They were willing to take a chance on us. We’re kind of broken right now,” she said of the two candidates’ decision to pursue the Clinton position.
The city’s financial situation is what ultimately led her to choose Kinser.
“We need someone who can hit the ground running right now,” she said.
Hermann agreed Kinser best fits the community’s needs at this time.
“Jessica is not hesitant about confronting the council when we make a mistake,” she said. “She is proactive and works well with the council.”