Mahnomen City Council Hires New City Administrator

Mahnomen City Council Hires New City Administrator

August 19, 2022 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Mahnomen, MN — The Mahnomen City Council has selected their next city Administrator to take over for Kari Kirschbaum, who recently accepted a role with the city of Crookston. The council agreed to hire Taylor Vonderharr, who was an applicant in their last search. Kirshbaum, who took part in her final Mahnomen City Council meeting on Monday, says Vonderharr brings with her a lot of enthusiasm and knowledge of the community.

Taylor’s first official day will be August 29th.

The City of Mahnomen will now be looking for a new public works employee following the resignation of their Superintendent Scott Zortman at this week’s meeting. Kirschbaum says Zortman was with the city for more than two decades and will be missed.

The council did approve Brian Buck to take over as interim Public Works Superintendent.

Also at this week’s Mahnomen City Council meeting, the council met again with representatives from the White Earth Tribal Community College to discuss their proposed partnership with the city for the expansion of the college. The college was seeking 5 acres of city owned property for the expansion, and on Monday night the council agreed to move forward with a letter of intent todonate it, according to Administrator Kirschbaum.

Prior to their regular meeting, the council held a public hearing to go over the final draft of the City Comprehensive Plan that they’ve been working on for the last several months. Kirschbaum says they hope to give final approval of the plan at a future meeting.

The Mahnomen City Council also approved an amended consultation contract with Mitch Berg, approved a Capital Improvement Plan contract with Widseth, and approved a revised parade route for the upcoming Wild Rice Day.