Archive for Thursday, September 8, 2005

Council counters offer; McKenna is staying

September 8, 2005

The Baldwin City Council amended Police Chief Mike McKenna's contract during a special meeting Thursday at City Hall. The amended contract allows McKenna to live outside the city limits, among others.

It took three executive sessions to come to the agreement and the council voted 4-1 -- with Ted Brecheisen Jr. the lone no vote -- to amend the contract. The offer was made to counter one that McKenna had from Concordia. After the vote, McKenna said he's staying.

"I want to thank you for extending the offer for me to stay in Baldwin City," said McKenna. "Yes, I'm staying."

The offer also included a salary of $65,000, approximately a $3,000 raise. Council member Nancy Brown summed up the council's feeling on the vote.

"It's a salary adjustment to market value," said Brown.

There will be a story on the session and the offer in next week's Baldwin City Signal.

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