Blue Earth hires interim leader

BLUE EARTH – Blue Earth has a leader – albeit a temporary one – after the City Council named Todd Bodem interim city administrator on Thursday.

The vote was 5-1 in favor, with Councilman Russ Erichsrud dissenting. Erichsrud said he had done some background research and his vote was “just my preference.”

Mayor Rick Scholtes said Bodem will begin work Monday. Bodem lives in Farmington, but will stay in Blue Earth and work Monday through Friday. He will be available for all meetings and other events pertaining to the job. His fee is $7,000 per month.

Scholtes said City Attorney David Frundt had examined the contract and seen nothing of concern.

The contract is open-ended, Scholtes said, and the length could be determined by how long it takes to find a permanent administrator.

Both the city and Bodem have a 14-day notice if either wants out of the contract.

Councilman John Huisman asked if there is anything in the contract to prohibit Bodem from applying for the position on a permanent basis. Frundt said no.

Frundt said Bodem has served as administrator in at least four cities and Waseca County. Scholtes said Bodem’s experience goes back to 1994 or 1995, when he began as a clerk administrator.

Turning to old business, the council went into closed session to discuss a situation involving police officer Chad Bonin. When officials came out of closed session, they approved suspending Bonin for three days without pay.