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Hanson will take Farmington finance job pending city council approval

If all goes according to plan, the city of Farmington will welcome a new finance director on Sept. 20.

Farmington resident Robin Hanson has accepted the city's offer to become the finance director. She has been offered a starting salary of $76,448. City administrator David McKnight is pleased with her decision.

"I like her planning abilities that she brings to her job," McKnight said.

Hanson worked for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency from 1987 to 2000, and prior to that she worked as an auditor and tax accountant for KPMG Peat Marwick from 1983-87. McKnight acknowledged that Hanson has not worked for compensation since 2000, but she has served as treasurer for several of Farmington's nonprofit organizations, including Lord of Life Church from 2003-08, Farmington Youth Basketball Association from 2006-09 and the Tiger Fan Club from 2009-11.

Hanson is also very familiar with issues within the community, McKnight said.

"I'm just very impressed, period. I like that she's local. That was the icing on the cake," he said.

Hanson went through four rounds of interviews before she was selected for the position. Her knowledge of the community and her professionalism were attributes that impressed McKnight and others.

Hanson said she has always kept up on issues facing the city of Farmington. She has watched Farmington school board and city council meetings, read local newspapers and been involved in community projects and organizations.

"I like to know what's going on," she said. "I have just followed what's going on in the community for the past 20 years."

The Farmington police department is doing the background check, McKnight said. Providing nothing new comes up, council members will vote on Hanson's contract at their Sept. 17 meeting.

Hanson applied for the city finance director position in the past, too, but the timing was not right. Now, with her kids grown, she is anxious to get back into the swing of things and get to work at the city of Farmington.

If council members agree to the hiring, Hanson will start her new position Sept. 20. She will be required to be on a one-year probationary status.

"She impressed me and I am more than comfortable to offer her the position," McKnight said. "I am very excited. She thinks a lot like I do with Farmington and its future, with the long term success of the town as a goal."

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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