Officer Jim Maddern will become Nashwauk police chief on June 1 following the retirement of Paul Vraa on May 31.
Last week, City Attorney John Dimich updated city councilors on the Police Commission’s selection process. Consideration was given to seniority and military service, then applicants were given a test that was graded on a ‘blind’ scale - names of the applicants were not allowed on the test paper and all grading was done by Dimich, who attested to its accuracy.
Councilors ratified the selection of Maddern.
In other action, the council approved:
• A request for the fire department to burn a house on March 15 at 8 a.m. One ambulance will be on the scene.
• A resolution to accept funds from the IRRRB Commercial Redevelopment Grant Program.
• The new contract with Precious Paws Humane Society of Chisholm.
Councilors also accepted the resignations of Aaron Clusiau and Larry DePaulis from the Nashwauk Police Commission. Their service to the city was recognized and noted. The city will advertise for new members for appointment to the commission.
The city council was invited to attend the next Public Utilities Commission at 3 p.m. on March 18. An update from Essar representatives will be given.
The annual Board of Appeal will be held at 1 p.m. on April 22.
The next regular meeting of the council will be at 4:30 p.m. on March 11.