In a 7-1 vote, the Berea City Council voted to hire a city administrator candidate to replace David Gregory, whose two-year tenure as Berea’s chief operating officer ends Saturday upon his retirement.
In Tuesday’s special called meeting, the council voted to hire Rose Beverly, who most recently has served as city administrator in Aitkin, Minnesota. The hiring is contingent upon the Beverly and the administration reaching a final agreement on the terms of her contract. The lone dissenting vote came from Berea City Councilman Jerry Little, who, while wishing Beverly well and vowing to work with her, said he had reservations about giving the job to someone he doesn’t know well.
Eleven candidates participated in the entire hiring process, with five ultimately being interviewed in person, according to Human Resources Director Jennifer Renfroe. Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley stated that time and again, Beverly impressed interviewers.
“Rose was consistently the top-rated candidate in both panel interviews. Her experience as a current city administrator was very important in the evaluation process and we expect her to hit the ground running,” Fraley said. “Anytime we have a new city administrator, it is a significant moment for our city. As the new chief operating officer, she brings a wealth of experience to the job.”
Beverly’s tenure as city administrator at Aitkin, Minnesota, a city approximately two hours north of Minneapolis, has run a little over a year, according to media reports. Prior to that, she served as the clinical manager/medical staff coordinator of Lost Rivers Medical Center in Arco, Idaho, where she worked for five years, according to media accounts.
In related news, Berea Fire Department Chief Shawn Sandlin has been tapped to serve as the interim city administrator until the new city administrator can take over. That measure was approved in an 8-0 vote.