The Mexico Beach city council decided on a new city clerk this week, even if the results weren’t unanimous.
Adrian Welle of Pierz, Minn. will be offered the position this week.
Welle has experience working for the city of Upsala in central Minnesota, a city with a population of just over 400 people and received praise on his face-to-face interview with the council.
During a special meeting held on Monday the council gathered to discuss the candidates it had interviewed in the weeks since previous clerk Sharon McGhee’s abrupt resignation.
The council narrowed the list to three candidates before taking their official vote.
All members, with the exception of Mayor Al Cathey, voted to offer the position to Welle.
“I was impressed with Adrian,” said councilman Lanny Howell during discussion of the candidates. “He was my first choice.”
Councilman Jack Mullen agreed with Howell and said that he believed Welle to be an excellent candidate.
“He has hands on experience working with a city,” said Mullen.
Cathey pled a case to his fellow councilmembers to consider Mexico Beach resident Christina Adams, a name he also brought up several times prior to McGhee being hired.
“I’ve known her for many years and she had an awesome interview,” said Cathey. “Welle doesn’t need Mexico Beach as bad. I think it’s just a stopover to get where he really wants to go.”
Councilwoman Tanya Castro echoed Howell and Mullen and said that Welle was an “excellent candidate” and that he appeared to be a “quick study.”
Councilman Bobby Pollock seemed to agree with both choices but cast his vote for Welle.
“Christina had a wonderful interview,” said Pollock. “Adrian is my first choice. I think he’ll fit in good with our city.”
Cathey offered to reach out to Welle with a job offer as well as the other candidates to inform them of their application status.
Welle had previously told the council that if hired he would be available to start Nov. 1.
Provided that Welle accepts the position, the council will ask him to consider starting his new role as soon as Oct. 7.
The starting salary for the city clerk position will remain at $50,000 annually with a six-month probationary period.
McGhee was just a month into her tenure when the mayor made a motion to fire her and cited a slow learning curve as a reason.
McGhee said that she didn’t fully understand her job responsibilities and was given “conflicting information” by various city employees.
Leading up to the hiring of Welle, the council spent several meetings drafting a new job description for the city clerk and a contract detailing the role’s many responsibilities.
Castro had empathized with McGhee and wanted to ensure that the next clerk fully understood the council’s expectations.
“Let’s have the contract ready,” Castro said to her fellow councilmembers. “Let’s be more proactive this time.”