Dayton seeks new city planner

At their Dec. 11 meeting, Dayton City Council authorized going forward with seeking a full-time in-house city planner to replace the position left vacant by Erin Stwora’s departure. At their previous meeting Nov. 26, there was some hesitancy on how to proceed considering there will be significant change in the make-up of the council in January, due to elections.

However, the current council decided to begin accepting applications through Jan. 6 with the understanding that if the newly comprised council decides to go in a different direction.

“The new council will have the opportunity to weigh in and continue on the path laid out by hiring a one for one replacement or the new council could change plans and look at a contract planner or something else,” said councilor Tim McNeil who will be sworn in as Dayton’s new mayor at the Jan. 8 meeting.

At this time, the city is looking to recruit an individual who will be responsible for coordinating all the planning and zoning activities as well as building permits, surface water management activities, planning budgets and limited IT activities, including economic development and other assignments.

They agreed on seeking an individual with the minimum qualifications of a bachelor’s degree in urban planning or related field as well as 3 to 5 years experience in municipal planning in the 7-county metropolitan area. Other minimum requirements deal with computer skills.

The city is prepared to offer a starting salary of $57,759 with benefits.

Interviews will be held Jan. 17 and 18.

For more information, contact City Administrator Samantha Orduno at 763-712-3221.