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Positive review for Farmington city administrator

Farmington city administrator David McKnight received good marks during his annual review in August.

McKnight marked his second anniversary with the city of Farmington on Aug. 29, at which time he received a salary increase of $3,390, according to a report on McKnight’s annual review.

Farmington city council members conducted McKnight’s review in an Aug. 19 closed session. Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law requires a detailed report of such proceedings be provided to the public at the next regular city council meeting.

According to the report filed by city attorney Joel Jamnik, council members indicated that McKnight was meeting or exceeding expectations in all of the council-evaluated categories — leadership, communication, quality of work, city council/city administrator relationship, organizational culture and overall rating.

Council members did not set any new goals for McKnight in the next year, according to Jamnik. Rather, they indicated the administrator should continue to work on previously-set goals for meeting communication and information needs of council members, concentrating on budget and service delivery issues and promoting economic development.

McKnight did not take a salary adjustment after his first annual review in 2012, but maintained his salary of $113,000 — the amount offered when he took the position in 2011 — for a second year. This year, though, McKnight did accept a raise. His salary, effective Aug. 29, is set at $116,390.

A city contribution to the deferred compensation program of $1,160 per year was also added to his contract.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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