Almost two years to the day that she began work for the City of Amery, Kim Moore has been fired as the city’s administrator.
The City Council voted 5-1, with Alderperson Julie Riemenschnieder casting the lone dissenting vote, to terminate Moore’s employment, effective Oct. 31. The vote took place after a closed session Oct. 23 at the end of a scheduled budget session. The council held a closed session at the end of the Oct. 2 meeting regarding Moore but took no action after returning to open session.
Moore was fired without cause. According to her employment agreement with the city, she will be paid six months of severance compensation, consisting of her current salary and benefits. Moore was being paid $83,636.80 a year at the time of her termination.
Isakson says City Clerk Treasurer Patty Bjorklund will serve as interim city administrator at least until a special meeting of the Finance and Personnel Committee, scheduled for Oct. 29.
Isakson said that the city had a two-year guarantee with the hiring firm that placed Moore in 2017. Since Moore was fired before two years on the job, according to Isakson, the city will pay a reduced rate for the next search.
Kim Moore became Amery’s second city administrator in October 2017. She was offered the position after Robert Kazmierski, then the City Administrator for Barron, declined the city’s offer after receiving a pay increase to remain in Barron.
Moore served as the Assistant City Manager in St. Anthony, Minnesota, from 2004 to 2012 but left when the city eliminated the position. She has taken several interim City Administrator positions since that time, and also worked as the Human Resources Director for Sibley County Minnesota from 2013 to 2016. Before coming to Amery, she served as City Administrator in Gaylord, Minnesota.
No reasons were given for Moore’s termination. The Free Press requested copies of Moore’s evaluation and were told by Bjorklund after checking with Deb Trandum in the city’s Human Resources department, Trandum said she knew evaluations were done “but she never received them for Ms. Moore's file.”
When asked about Moore’s evaluation Oct. 25, Isakson said that he was unaware of a written evaluation, commenting that the council discussed her job performance in closed session and no minutes or recordings were taken.