Bloomington gives city manager its seal of approval

Citing satisfaction with his performance in six categories of evaluation, the Bloomington City Council gave its approval of City Manager Jamie Verbrugge’s job performance.

That approval comes in the form of a 1.69 percent pay raise.

The council approved Verbrugge’s evaluation during its Aug. 7 meeting. The council’s performance review through closed meetings was conducted in July. The council looked at his performance in six categories: leadership, management and development of the city’s staff members, financial management through effective and efficient service delivery, focus upon strategic priorities, meaningful and inclusive resident involvement, innovation and appropriate risk-taking and relationship with the city council, according to Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead.

“The city manager is meeting expectations in all categories,” he said.

Winstead noted that Verbrugge’s pay raise puts his salary at the maximum permitted under state law, $172,730, effective Aug. 1.

The council approved the performance evaluation unanimously.

Verbrugge became the city’s manager in early 2015. He had been Brooklyn Park’s city manager since 2008, and has also served as Rosemount’s city administrator and an assistant city administrator in Eagan.

The city manager is the chief administrative officer of the city and serves at the pleasure of the city council, overseeing a staff of more than 600 full- and part-time employees.

– Compiled by Mike Hanks