Monday, November 4, 2019

New City Manager, Emergency Declaration on Eureka Agenda

Posted By on Mon, Nov 4, 2019 at 1:38 PM

The Eureka City Council will consider Tuesday formally appointing Dean Lotter as city manager, with a $170,000 annual salary and other benefits.

Currently the city manager of New Brighton, Minnesota, the council selected Lotter to replace Greg Sparks, who is set to retire next month, from a pool 40 and five finalists who came to Eureka for the last stage of the process. Lotter is slated to start Dec. 20.

According to an interview with the Journal soon after landing the job, Lotter and his wife Wendy are already in the process of buying a home they found online and serendipitously ended up in front of while driving around the city trying to get lost. (Read more in the story “Eureka, Meet Your City Manager” from the Oct. 24 edition.)

According to Lotter’s contract (see the employment agreement below), he will also receive five weeks of vacation, a $350 a month car allowance, moving expenses and other benefits.

In other business, the council will consider confirming Sparks’ Oct. 11 declaration of a local emergency due to the Public Safety Power Shutoff on Oct. 8, which left the city dark for 26 hours only to be followed soon after by a longer outage.

The agenda item notes that “multiple business and government operations” were affect.

The 6 p.m. meeting takes place at city hall, 531 K Street.
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