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Robbinsdale Offers City Manager Position to Vadnais Heights Employee

The city of Robbinsdale’s negotiation team has reached an agreement with a candidate for city manager on contract conditions. The contract will be voted on by the entire municipal council on Tuesday.

Tim Sandvik, the assistant city administrator for Vadnais Heights, was offered the post by the city. The city looked through 30 applications for the post with the aid of local search agency Waldron Co. before settling on Sandvik.

Robbinsdale Mayor Bill Blonigan compared his skill set to that of a “Swiss army knife” at a recent council meeting.

Blonigan, who was part of the negotiation team alongside Robbinsdale Municipal Council member George Selman, a city attorney, and Craig Waldron of Waldron Co., said, “I believe he’s an excellent candidate.”

Sandvik worked for three other communities before coming to Vadnais Heights: Brooklyn Park, New Brighton, and Falcon Heights. He would succeed Marcia Glick, the city’s long-serving manager, who is retiring.

Pat Backen, a member of the Robbinsdale City Council, expressed concern about the caliber of candidates since “there are so many city manager positions or there have been this year.” That first worry turned out to be unfounded.

“We had a really excellent slate of candidates,” Backen stated.

Sandvik’s base compensation would be $140,000 under the provisions of the deal. The city would pay six months’ wages and benefits if a severance situation arose. This provision would be phased out after ten years.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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