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Council to meet again on position
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MONROE - Monroe's Common Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at City Hall in another closed session meeting to take up the discussion on candidates, compensation and a contract for the "City Administrator with Legal Duties" position.

An open session is scheduled to follow, for a roll-call vote on a resolution approving an employment agreement for the position. However, it is possible the council might not take action on the employment agreement.

"That would be the worst-case scenario," Alderman Mark Coplien, chairman of the Salary and Personnel Committee, said Tuesday.

Approval of an employment agreement will not indicate the council has chosen a candidate for the position, according to Coplien.

City Attorney Rex Ewald of Monroe and James Mogen of Rice, Minn., are the final two candidates.

Coplien said the council has been "working ahead" to put together a contract agreement in anticipation of hiring a new administrator by Jan. 1.

Because of changes in the requirements and duties of the newly-formed position, the city needs the new agreement, he added. The last administrator did not have legal duties.

The council discussed the same issues for about one and a half hours in closed session Tuesday. All aldermen attended, but no action was taken.

Council members last met Nov. 18 for more than three hours, conducting second interviews with the candidates, meeting with department heads individually, and discussing various aspects of the new position.

The city administrator will be required to have a law degree and to write policies, ordinances, resolutions, contracts and agreements, and other legal documents, as well as provide litigation, prosecution and other legal services for the city. Human resources duties, including overseeing all personnel matters, also are in the job description, which was created July 29.

The city administrator position has been vacant since May 2008.