By Ryan Gueningsman
DELANO, MN An ongoing “personnel issue” has warranted several closed meetings on the topic and more than $6,000 in attorney fees for the City of Delano.
A special city council work session took place Tuesday night to discuss the matter, which was continued to another special meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m., according to City Attorney Mark Johnson of Gregerson, Rosow, Johnson and Nilan.
As in the past, no city staff were present for the meeting, which included Johnson, Delano Mayor Dale Graunke, and the rest of the Delano City Council.
Johnson stated the meeting was closed under the state statute that indicates:
“A public body shall close one or more meetings for preliminary consideration of allegations or charges against an individual subject to its authority.
“If the members conclude that discipline of any nature may be warranted as a result of those specific charges or allegations, further meetings or hearings relating to those specific charges or allegations held after that conclusion is reached must be open.
“A meeting must also be open at the request of the individual who is the subject of the meeting.”
Johnson said it has not yet been determined if discipline of any nature is warranted. Additional information on the personnel issue has not been disclosed.
Before the city council paid the city claims later during its regular meeting, Delano resident Harlan Lewis questioned the council about the $6,063.82 paid to Gregerson, Rosow, Johnson and Nilan for a “personnel investigation” over the period of the last two months.
Johnson said it is an investigation involving certain city employees and said, under state law, he is not able to identify them or the circumstances surrounding the investigation.