Council hires new city administrator

The City of Montgomery will have a new administrator on board effective December 1, following agreement on a contract during a regular meeting  of the city council held Thursday, Nov. 7.

Brian Heck, currently the municipal management consultant in Plymouth, accepted the council’s offer via phone call from Interim City Administrator Jerry Bohnsack. The contract calls for a base salary of $80,000 per year, plus benefits.

Heck previously served as interim administrator for the cities of Thief River Falls and Wells, and worked in municipal positions at Shorewood and Lauderdale. He had been a finalist among applicants selected by the search firm Springsted Inc., the company the city acquired to facilitate the hiring process for the position. Bohnsack said Springsted received 31 applications for the position vacated by Steve Helget, who left for a position with Norwood Young America in August.

Mayor Jean Keogh said earlier that “Springsted provides extensive background and reference checks of the applicants, which aids the council in hiring the best possible candidate.”

The motion to offer the position to Heck was approved 4-1, with Councilman Tim Siebsen having some questions about the substance or format of the background check process.

Bohnsack said the new administrator will take on the position December 1, with “crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s in the contract only necessary to make it final.”