Newport: Joseph Hatch tapped to be next city administrator

The Newport City Council has selected Joseph Hatch, the director of human resources/business operations for the city of Minneapolis, to be the city’s next city administrator.

The council held a special council meeting Tuesday night to interview four finalists for the position and unanimously approved a motion to offer the position to Hatch, said Mayor Laurie Elliott.

Hatch previously served as a labor relations coordinator for Minneapolis; county coordinator/human resources director/solid waste director for Todd County; a human resources generalist for Tree Trust Inc., and as a management analyst/human resources specialist for New Brighton.

Hatch holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in public administration from Metropolitan State University.

The Newport City Council on Tuesday also appointed a negotiating committee to work with Liza Donabauer of David Drown Associates, the company that led the search, to develop an offer and employment terms. That negotiation process is expected to take a week.

The council could make a formal appointment at its Oct. 6 meeting, Elliott said.

The salary range listed for the position was $96,117 to $122,901.

Former City Administrator Deb Hill, who had held the top job at the city of 3,900 people since 2013, resigned in August.Related Articles

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