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Stillwater City Administrator To Retire Next Spring

Patch logo Patch 10/21/2021 Jason Addy
Stillwater City Administrator J. Thomas McCarty recently notified city officials of his intent to retire in March. © Google Maps Stillwater City Administrator J. Thomas McCarty recently notified city officials of his intent to retire in March.

STILLWATER, MN — Stillwater’s city administrator is set to step down next spring after serving in the role for the past seven years.

J. Thomas McCarty submitted his resignation notice last week, telling Stillwater officials he intends to retire in March. He was hired as city administrator in December 2014 after working in similar roles in Wisconsin for the previous three decades.

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The Stillwater City Council on Tuesday discussed McCarty’s impending retirement, which Mayor Ted Kozlowski called the “sad business of the day.”

“It’s not that sad, Mayor,” McCarty joked.

Kozlowski thanked McCarty for his work over the past seven years and for staying in the job longer than he initially planned.

McCarty’s retirement “does not come as any surprise,” Kozlowski said. “We actually convinced him to stick around a few years extra.”

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The council’s tentative timeline for finding McCarty’s successor calls for applications to be collected through the end of November, with interviews to be held before Christmas. The council is aiming to pass a resolution Jan. 4 to appoint a new city administrator, who would start in mid-March 2022.

Council members voted to seek bids from recruitment firms to help them fill the city administrator position. Using an executive search company is expected to cost Stillwater between $15,000 and $25,000, McCarty told the council.

McCarty was chosen from a field of more than four dozen applicants in 2014 to succeed former Stillwater City Administrator Larry Hansen.

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