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Willmar City Administrator Michael Schmit, left, reads paperwork during a Finance Committee meeting in Willmar. Schmit says the city could survive a short delay of several weeks or maybe a little longer in receiving the first of two local government aid payments in the event of a shutdown. Also pictured is City Finance Director Steve Okins. Tribune photo

City Council looks to firm in its search for Schmit's replacement


WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council on Wednesday voted 4-3 to hire Springsted Inc. of St. Paul to assist the council in the search for a candidate to replace long-time City Administrator Michael Schmit. Schmit will retire on July 31 after serving 36 years with the city including 20 as administrator.

Voting in favor were Doug Reese, Denis Anderson, Tim Johnson and Steve Ah-mann. Voting ag-ainst were Ron Chr-istianson, Rick Fa-gerlie and Jim Dok-ken. Bruce DeBlieck was not present.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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