New City Administrator will begin duties Jan. 22

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Gaylord’s search for a new City Administrator ended Friday.

City Council members, in a special meeting at the Fire Hall, approved the hiring of Kevin McCann.

Mayor Doug Quast reported that a consulting firm negotiated on behalf of the City and that a letter of understanding had been accepted by McCann. His hiring was then unanimously approved by the City Council.

“Young and enthusiastic.” That is how Mayor Quast described McCann. His letters of recommendation and profiles indicate he has “great work ethic” and “good management skills,” Quast explained. “He is just what we need.”

McCann is currently the City Administrator at Clarkfield, a town in west central Minnesota with a population of approximately 900 people. He has held that position since June of 2006.

Prior to working for the City of Clarkfield, McCann was a finance intern for Scott County, according to Gaylord’s Acting City Administrator Lori Waltz. McCann is a 2005 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Waltz explained.

McCann, whose great uncle lived in Gaylord, is scheduled to start with the City of on Tuesday, January 22nd. According to the agreement with the City, McCann’s annual starting salary will be $62,000. He will be eligible for an increase after six months following a satisfactory performance evaluation and City Council approval.

“I’m excited to get started and to meet the people of Gaylord,” McCann told The Gaylord Hub on Wednesday.

Completing the projects already underway will be one of the initial tasks, according to McCann.

During his visit to town, McCann said he gained an appreciation for Gaylord’s downtown district. He said it is “already a tremendous asset.”

McCann was one of five candidates interviewed by City Council members two weeks ago. It was his communication skills that stood out for council member Jessica Uecker.

“He was very personable and he expects to communicate with as many people in Gaylord as possible,” Uecker said. “Kevin will blend in with our community well.”

McCann, a native of St. Paul and Savage, is filling the spot left vacant by Lonny Johnson. In July, Johnson filed a separation of employment agreement with the City. He had served as Gaylord’s City Administrator since 2001.

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