Changes coming for city departmentsCouncil will reorganize public works, search for a new police chief
By: Emily Zimmer, Rosemount Town Pages
With several long time employees leaving, the Rosemount City Council has some thinking to do. It started that process last week during a work session.
Last week it was announced that police chief Gary Kalstabakken and operations superintendent Rick Cook were retiring. Both will work their last day with the city May 31.
During its May 9 work session the city council appointed Lt. Jewel Ericson as interim police chief and Jim Koslowski as interim operations superintendent.
Changes in public works
The public works department will undergo some changes with the retirement of Cook. After being presented with three options, the council directed staff to reorganize the department.
The changes will eliminate the operations superintendent position, update the public works supervisor position, restructure the management analyst position, create a lead worker position in the streets, parks and utilities and create a facility specialist position.
Koslowski will maintain the supervisor position and head the department.
According to a staff memo the lead worker position will likely be hired from within the department.
Council member Kim Shoe-Corrigan said she liked the changes because they offered more opportunities for current employees to move up and used staff more effectively.
Reorganizing the department will save the city money up front. Staff estimated the change could save up to $90,000 a year.
Going forward staff will update job positions and make the personnel changes as needed.
For the police position the council directed staff to start the process of finding a new chief. Ericson will serve as the interim until a replacement is found. Council approved a 10 percent increase in pay for the duration of his service as interim chief.
Staff will go through a screening process and bring back to council the top three candidates for police chief. The city will also hold an open house will be held so the public can meet the candidates.
There is no firm schedule yet for putting a new police chief in place.