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Yorkville City Council approves another six month contract for city administrator

Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson talks during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at City Hall.
Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson talks during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at City Hall.

UPDATED 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25:

YORKVILLE – Yorkville aldermen approved another six-month employment agreement for the Yorkville city administrator during this week's regularly scheduled City Council meeting.

The Yorkville City Council voted, 8-0, during their Tuesday, Sept. 24 meeting to approve the proposed agreement for Yorkville City Administrator Bart Olson. There was no additional comment from city officials during the Tuesday, Sept. 24 meeting regarding the agreement.

The new agreement request was submitted by Yorkville Mayor John Purcell and would terminate on May 29, 2020, according to city documents. Olson's salary would remain at $174,836, city documents said, and he would not receive a pay increase from last year.

The update comes after the Yorkville City Council previously approved, 8-0, a six month agreement for Olson May 14 that is set to expire on Nov. 29. One-year contracts for the City Clerk Lisa Pickering, City Treasurer Rob Fredrickson, Public Works Director Eric Dhuse, Parks and Recreation Director Tim Evans, Building Inspector and Zoning Officer Pete Ratos and City Attorney Kathleen Field Orr also were unanimously approved during the May 14 meeting.

Yorkville Mayor John Purcell said he and Olson never worked together before and they wanted to get a better feel for how the other works. He said they have had their disagreements with each other in the past and still do, but he knows they have been happy with how the other has been running things within the city.

“We’ve had good working relationship and we’re going to move forward,” Purcell said.

Olson said the initial six-month contract was set for him and former Yorkville Police Chief Rich Hart, who retired in August, when Purcell was first elected in May. He said the recent contract extension takes him up to the end date set for the other current department heads' one-year contracts.

Olson said he doesn't believe past disagreements between him and Purcell came into play with the original six-month contract request, since Purcell came to both him and Hart about it at the same time.

“And there hasn’t been an issue since then," Olson said. "We have been working very well together.”

Olson has served as city administrator since his appointment in 2009. His previous contract, before the first six-month contract approval in May, was set in 2015 and expired on May 14, when Purcell was sworn into office.

According to the previous agreement, Olson’s salary increased annually, starting from $160,000 in 2015 to $174,836 through May 14. Olson’s previous contract ran concurrent with the mayor’s term and was subject to renegotiation after May 14. It is unclear what time lengths will look like for future contracts.

• Recent updated versions of this story includes the Yorkville City Council vote on the agreement on Tuesday, Sept. 24 and comment provided by Olson on Friday, Sept. 20.

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