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City administrator McKnight gets six-month review

Already six months into his career in Farmington, city administrator David McKnight had his first performance review with the Farmington City Council Monday evening.

After starting as city administrator Aug. 29, McKnight officially recognized his six-month mark Feb. 29. Monday's regular meeting was closed at the end so council members could perform his review.

To aid council members, McKnight wrote up a summary of the things he'd done in the first six months of his employment. He talked about his efforts to get to know staff and the community, and he laid out some of the major and minor issues he's tackled since starting.

McKnight also developed a list of 12 or 13 goals he has for himself for the rest of the year. He planned to give those goals to council members for their feedback, and expected they would come up with additional things they would like to see accomplished.

"I have done this everywhere I have worked," McKnight said. "It sets up the most important part, which is the discussion among the six of us. It's worked everywhere else I have worked at so we'll see if it works here."

Performance evaluations may be closed under Minnesota's Open Meeting Law. However, the law requires a written summary of the evaluation be made public at the next meeting of the municipality.

McKnight's contract does not include a raise after six months. He becomes eligible for his first pay increase after one year.

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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