WILLMAR – Willmar City Council has marked the sixth anniversary of Leslie Vailant’s hiring as city administrator by awarding her a positive performance review and a pay rise.
The summary of the review and the increase were approved at Tuesday’s board meeting. The actual review took place in a closed session at the February 7 board meeting. State law requires that a public summary of what transpired during the review, as well as votes, be held at the next available public meeting, which was Tuesday.
“Administrator Valiant has been evaluated on many aspects of her performance and each time has met and often exceeded expectations,” said Mayor Marv Calvin, reading a statement prepared by legal representation Flaherty and Hood, PA.
Valiant was hired in June 2021, after a difficult search for the person to replace the city’s last administrator. Before coming to Willmar, Valiant was the city administrator for the town of Spicer.
In its review, the board found Valiant to be responsive, honest, and helpful when communicating with the board. She has established positive relationships with people in the community and is working to build a strong team in the city and boost staff morale.
“Administrator Valiant provided stabilizing leadership during a difficult time of staff turnover for the city,” Calvin said.
Valiant’s work in the city over the past six months has helped elevate the level of public service provided, Calvin said, and the approved salary increase is justified based on that performance. Valiant’s performance will be reviewed again in six months.
“The Mayor and Council are grateful that Leslie has joined our town and thank Leslie for her hard work on behalf of the town,” Calvin said.