Shawna Jenkins, Milaca, will become the new city clerk for Princeton effective Sept. 5, the day after current city clerk Katie Hunter’s last day on the job.
The city council passed a motion on Aug. 2 to hire Jenkins for the job at a starting rate of $19.16 per hour, which fits the city’s Step III level in its employee guide. While the starting date is effective Sept. 5, City Administrator Mark Karnowski said in a memo to the council that Jenkins will be starting before that date to get trained in by Hunter. Karnowski wrote that he didn’t know when that training would start.
The city had 87 applicants for the job, according to Karnowski. Hunter said she was leaving the job to be a stay-at-home mother for her growing family.
The interview team consisted of Karnowski, Mayor Jeremy Riddle, council member Paul Whitcomb, city treasurer Steve Jackson, public works director Bob Gerold, community development director Carie Fuhrman and city liquor store manager Nancy Campbell. The team gave preliminary interviews to eight of the candidates and later interviewed four finalists, before recommending Jenkins.
Jenkins’ formal education is a diploma from Thomas Jefferson High School in Bloomington. But she has various job experiences that required more learning. Besides election judge and election administration training, she has website maintenance skills and had the following jobs:
• Administrative assistant with the Isanti County assessor’s office.
• Five years as town clerk for Hassan Township, prior to it being annexed by the city of Rogers.