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Austin, Albert Lea consider sharing a city executive

While the city of Albert Lea is looking to fill an opening for city manager, the city is considering a deal to share the services of the city administrator in nearby Austin.

The Austin City Council may vote on Tuesday to temporarily share its director of administrative services, Tom Dankert, with Albert Lea while the search goes on, the Austin Daily Herald reports.

The deal would save Austin $5,000 a month.

 “We’re looking at all the possible opportunities to shrink our budgets,” Albert Lea Interim City Manager Pat McGarvey previously said. “I really think this is a bold step if we should try to do it.”

Albert Lea’s previous city manager, James Norman, left last fall after just a few months on the job, following a legal dispute over his use of a city credit card.

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