Open house is Dec. 10 for Fridley city manager’s retirement

The Fridley City Council approved a resolution Nov. 19 accepting the resignation, and retirement, of City Manager Bill Burns.

Fridley City Manager Bill Burns (File photo by Sarah Peterson - Sun Newspapers)
Fridley City Manager Bill Burns (File photo by Sarah Peterson – Sun Newspapers)

Burns will hold the position until Dec. 31, and his interim replacement as of Jan. 1, 2013, until a new city manager is hired, will be Fridley Finance Director Darin Nelson, who has been with the city of Fridley for about two years. Burns recommended Nelson for the interim position.

Staff expects a new city manager to be in place around April or May of 2013.

Nelson, who will continue to serve as the Finance Department director, will receive additional financial compensation for filling the position. He is set to receive a 10 percent increase in salary, totaling $928 per month, plus a car allowance of $354.96 per month, which is currently provided to the city manager. All other benefits will remain the same as non-union employees.

Nelson has also been recommended to be the interim executive director of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, a position Burns currently holds.

Fridley Councilmember Jim Saefke mentioned that the former assistant finance director, Al Foley, has retired and left a vacancy in the Finance Department. Saefke asked if Nelson would be overburdened if he is down one position in the department and also working as an interim city manager.

Deb Dahl, director of Human Resources for the city of Fridley, said staff selected a candidate to fill the open position and will make a recommendation for an appointment at the Dec. 3 meeting.

Burns’ last Fridley City Council meeting will be Monday, Dec. 10. A retirement open house for Burns will be 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 10 in the Municipal Center’s lobby, according to an announcement at the Nov. 19 council meeting.