Even as the Council last night allowed agenda revisions to support the DigiKey expansion, city officials also quietly pulled a previously scheduled closed session to review the job performance of Thief River Falls Parks and Recreation Director, Joe Amundson.
The closed session was absent on last night’s revised agenda, with Park and Rec Chair; Alderman Josh Hagen, later saying the MAPS Bargain Group had requested some time to talk about communication and overall performance review when it comes to Thief River Falls Department Heads and Supervisory Staff.
The closed session had been included on the original agenda along with League of Minnesota Cities criteria outlining performance evaluation; including expectations, deficiencies, ways to improve and goals to achieve along with timelines; a performance period – to meet such goals.
Last year the Council revised City Structure to put Elected Officials ahead of the City Administrator when it comes to overseeing the work of City Departments -this would have been one of the first tests of the new structure playing out before the public.
Also in play last night, a newly adopted and detailed Strategic Plan which calls for – among other things – enhanced communication at all Council and Department levels. For Mayor Brian Holmer, pulling the agenda item also acknowledged the value of that plan and the need to re-address communication with the Council now in charge of administration at every level.