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Afton approves new consultant hires

The Afton City Council has ended their relationship with both SEH and

Jensen, Bell, Converse and Erickson PA when the council approved plans to hire two consultants, city attorney and city engineer, at a special meeting on April 20.

Hiring of the new consultants is contingent upon acceptance of the positions.

Frederic W. "Fritz" Knaak of Knaak & Kantrud P.A.. will be replacing Mitch Converse as city attorney, whereas Diane Hankee of WSB & Associates will replace John Perotti as city engineer.

Knaak is currently the city attorney in Newport and Hankee is the city engineer for Grant.

The idea to advertise for the consultant positions -- city administrator, city attorney, city engineer and city planner -- was first brought to the council by Mayor Pat Snyder at its 2009 goal-setting session as a way to save money. The council directed staff to advertise for the positions at its February meeting.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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