Monticello council approves interim plan for public works staffing

Monticello won’t be hiring a full-time replacement for Public Works Director Bob Paschke, who recently announced his effective resignation date of Friday, Sept 6.

City council members approved an interim plan Monday night to split the public works director’s duties among three public works superintendents (Tom Moores, Tom Pawelk and Matt Theisen), City Administrator Jeff O’Neill and Finance Director Wayne Oberg for a six-month trial period, at which time the interim plan will receive a council review.

O’Neill and Mayor Clint Herbst confirmed Monday night that Paschke had accepted a city position in New Hope, a Twin Cities suburb.
City council members ratified Paschke’s resignation during Monday night’s council meeting.

They did so by unanimously approving a new hires and departures from city departments consent agenda item Monday night without additional council discussion.

However, the council did address public works administrative staffing later in the meeting after City Administrator Jeff O’Neill added “public works duties” as an additional agenda item.

O’Neill had Tracy Ergen, the city’s human resources manager, explain the interim plan, which was developed during a personnel committee and city staff and public works director transition meeting held Monday morning at city hall.

“We wish Bob well,” Ergen said. “His last day will be Sept. 6.”

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