City administrator for Princeton the past 14 years, Mark Karnowski, announced at an Aug. 3 city council workshop that he will retire this year, pinpointing his timeline as “this later summer or fall” and committing to stay with the city until a new administrator has been hired and transitioned into the position.
Karnowski expressed his sincere appreciation for the support the council provided during his tenure. He said the members did their homework, came prepared to meetings and exhibited dedication. He referenced a few of the team accomplishments such as a new wastewater treatment plant, municipal liquor store, acquisition of the property for Riebe Park, improvements to the Civic Center and creation of an area appropriate for “big box” commercial development as well as the addition of new business to the downtown area.
His memo to the council states: “It’s truly amazing what we’ve accomplished with everyone working together and pulling in the same direction.”
In his communication, Karnowski included a job description for the proposed job advertisement, which will be placed in the local newspaper and on the city’s website as well as the League of Minnesota Cities’ website. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Aug. 25.
The position calls for a person to serve as chief administrative officer of the city. It describes the successful candidate as someone who can supervise the city finance director, public works director, police chief, fire chief, planner, other staff and various city consultants for a salary range of $76,048 to $95,057. Job requirements include a bachelor’s degree in public administration or a related field, as well as five years’ municipal experience with at least three years’ experience at a department-head level or higher.