Executive Committee Agenda
Adjourned Special Meeting

Wednesday, December 22, 2006

9:00 a.m. (or immediately following previously adjourned meeting)

Room 317/315 City Hall - Minneapolis, MN

NOTE: All cellular telephones, pagers and BlackBerry devices to be switched to a non-audible function during Council and Committee meetings.

Committee Members: Mayor R. T. Rybak, Council President Johnson,
Council Members Benson, Gordon and Lilligren (Quorum - 4)
(All Council Members invited to attend)

Notice: A portion of this meeting may be closed to the public pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 13D.03 or 13D.05.

Discussion Items

1. Evaluation of Fire Chief, Bonnie Bleskachek’s performance; and Consideration of removing her as Fire Chief.

(Continuation of the Adjourned Special Executive Committee Meeting of Wednesday, December 20, 2006 at 8:00 a.m.)


Action Taken: Received and filed the Executive Committee’s Summary Conclusion of it’s November 28, 2006, including the continuation of that meeting to December 13, 2006, December 20, 2006 and December 22, 2006, evaluating the performance of Fire Chief Bonnie Bleskachek.

Staff report: Summary Conclusion


Action Taken: Approved removal of Bonnie Bleskachek from her appointed position of Fire Chief effective immediately upon the approval of the City Council, authorizes the City Attorney to memorialize the terms and conditions of Bleskachek’s continued employment with the City including Bleskachek’s voluntary demotion to Staff Captain and Bleskachek’s waiver of severance pursuant to Minneapolis Code of Ordinance 20.455 and forwards its removal decision to the Public Safety & Regulatory Services Committee. The City Attorney is hereby authorized to execute all necessary documents.

Further, it is of critical importance to the Mayor and Minneapolis City Council that the City’s department heads are held to the highest of performance and ethical standards. Further, it is critical that we build on work already done (such as the passage of a new ethics ordinance in 2003) and review our policies, procedures and systems supporting these ordinances to ensure they are clear, efficient and aligned to facilitate full accountability.

Therefore, the Executive Committee directs the City Coordinator, with the appropriate cooperation from the City Attorney’s Office, to conduct a thorough analysis of the issues, rules, and policies relating to the Charter Department Heads in the areas of selection, performance review, discipline and removal, to determine what changes are necessary to improve these systems.

The City Coordinator will report back with a plan and components for review by the Executive Committee / City Council in one month.

Anne Roth, Committee Coordinator (612-673-3130)
For information email: anne.roth@minneapolismn.gov

The next regular Executive Committee Meeting
scheduled for Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Website Address: MinneapolisMN.gov

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