The Shorewood City Council decided to hire an interim city administrator through the end of the year.
At its June 11 city council meeting the council voted to enter into a contract with Bill Joynes. The contract is expected to be approved on June 25.
The city is in need of an interim city administrator due to the departure of former City Administrator Brian Heck.
Heck's last day was March 12. The council and Heck reached a separation agreement on March 26.
Larry Brown, the city's director of public works, was serving as interim city administrator until the council selected Joynes.
A permanent city administrator is expected to be hired in 2013.
Joynes is expected to work 30 hours a week. The contract will state that the interim administrator position is expected to go through 2012.
Joynes currently works as a principal of the Firm Midwest Government Advisors and is the director of the Center for Public Administration and Leadership at Hamline University.
He has served as the city manager and the HRA director of Golden Valley for 19 years. He was also White Bear Lake's city manager.
In the Lake Minnetonka area, he served as a mediator during the South Lake Minnetonka Police Department negotiations about six years ago where Excelsior, Greenwood, Shorewood and Tonka Bay ultimately ended their discussion in binding arbitration.
A working group was established to execute the process of finding an interim administrator. The work group consisted of council members Debbie Siakel and Dick Woodruff, city engineer James Landini and deputy clerk Jean Panchyshyn.
The working group obtained résumés and conducted interviews on May 29, June 1 and 4. Two candidates were identified and met with the City Council on June 7.
Joynes was selected by the City Council on June 11 unanimously.