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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

ALBERT LEA -- A former city manager for the cities of Renville and Montevideo said he will be appealing verdicts by a jury in Albert Lea.

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The jury found him guilty Friday on seven of eight counts related to improper use of a city credit card, the Albert Lea Tribune reported.

Jim Norman, 57, was found guilty of five felony counts of permitting false claims against government by a public officer; one felony count of theft with the intent to exercise temporary control; and one gross misdemeanor count of misconduct by a public officer.

Norman allegedly used a city-issued credit card to purchase feminine hygiene products from Shopko; an aquarium, trail mix and cat litter from Walmart; a refrigerator from Home Depot; women's shoes from Herberger's; and home garbage service from Thompson Sanitation, according to the news account.

Norman stated that he thought many of the credit card charges could have been considered relocation expenses. He started full-time as city manager in May 2010, according to the Albert Lea Tribune.

Norman served as city manager for Renville from 1990 to 1994, and as city manager for Montevideo from 1994 to early 1998. He had also campaigned unsuccessfully for county auditor in Renville County. He had resigned his post in Montevideo to accept the city manager position in Ramsey.

-- Tom Cherveny

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