City manager defends having role of assistant manager

Published 9:55 am Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Albert Lea City Manager Chad Adams outlined duties of the assistant city manager on Monday in response to claims that the position is not warranted.

At the close of the Albert Lea City Council meeting, he said the position’s primary duties are in information technology and community development projects. The person also oversees the cross training of a few employees, succession planning, records management and data practices requests, Adams said.

Chad Adams

Chad Adams

The advertisement for the job, which has printed in the Tribune, states the assistant city manager assists the city manager with day-to-day operations of the city including communications, information technology and special projects.

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Former Assistant City Manager Sack Thongvanh also served on the Leaders Partnering to End Poverty committee. Adams has previously stated Thongvanh was instrumental in bringing a market rate rental housing project to Albert Lea.

Adams said the assistant manager position was created out of two vacancies: the community development director and the finance director.

The salaries of these former positions were unavailable as of press time.

Thongvanh left his position earlier this month to become the new city administrator in Falcon Heights. He had worked in Albert Lea for almost two years.

Adams said he would be willing to go out and speak to community groups about the position if people have questions or concerns. Applications are due by May 15.

The job posting states the salary range for the position is between $64,000 and $83,000, plus benefits.

Thongvanh, the former city manager in Eagle Lake, started at  $76,169 plus benefits.