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Woodbury City Council members went into a closed meeting July 22, to conduct the annual performance review for City Administrator Clint Gridley.

Gridley has been Woodbury’s city administrator since June 7, 2004.

In preparation for the annual performance evaluation, city council members are asked to rate Gridley’s performance on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being unsatisfactory, and 5 being outstanding. 

Each council member evaluates Gridley’s performance on his or her own impressions. Council members rate performance in the areas of: skills and attributes of the city administrator; relationship with the city council; organizational management; city leadership; and summary comments. 

The skills and attributes category asks council members to consider things like his ethical standards, and Gridley’s ability to be a problem solver or a facilitator of conflict resolution. 

The relationship with the city council portion touches on things like communications, fulfillment of direction, partiality, and political savvy. 

Organizational management looks at Gridley’s performance in topics like administration of personnel, implementation of programs and policies, and the annual budget. 

City leadership looks at his role in implementing the mission, vision and values of the city, having a positive working environment and employee morale, and intergovernmental and community relations.

In the summary comments, council member are asked to identify Gridley’s strongest points, areas of improvement and ways to be more effective and efficient. 

Minnesota’s Open Meeting Law allows for municipalities to close public meetings for the purpose of conducting performance evaluations. While the exact details of Gridley’s evaluation are not public, a summary of the evaluation is required, by OML rules, at the next regular meeting of the municipal body. Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens will read a copy of that summary at the Aug. 12 Woodbury City Council meeting. 

Gridley’s salary is also adjusted pending the outcome of his annual evaluation. HIs salary, prior to his evaluation, is $160,000.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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