Monday, September 27, 2021

Agreement dismisses BP police chief’s bad review

It took the Blooming Prairie City Council only 26 minutes in a closed session Monday night at the City Government Center to resolve a performance evaluation appeal to the state by Police Chief Greg Skillestad.

Skillestad was appealing a performance review of him done a year ago by City Administrator Andrew Langholz.

Following the closed session, the council went into regular session and approved the settlement agreement.

Basically, the agreement absolves Skillestad of the written reprimand as long as he does not receive any further disciplinary action during a specified one-year period.

"I'm glad it's over and we can put it behind us," remarked Skillestad.

"The document speaks for itself," said city attorney Jason Iacovino.

The settlement agreement states that Chief Skillestad's performance evaluation of June 19, 2020 by City Administrator Andrew Langholz, be amended as follows:

"A written reprimand incorporating the terms of his Performance Evaluation was issued on June 19, 2020. If the employee that received the Written Reprimand does not receive any further disciplinary action beyond an oral reprimand any time during the one-year period following the issuance of the Performance Evaluation (through June 19, 2021), the written reprimand will expire and would no longer be used as a basis for future disciplinary action."

"Greg's doing a good job," commented Iacovino.

The motion and second to approve the settlement were made by the two newest council members, Greg Johnson and Marcy Sundine. The council decision was unanimous.

In separate action, the council voted most recent evaluations of city employees Tony Motl, Nancy Vaillancourt, Greg Skillestad and Terri Zwiener.

"I'm glad everyone had positive reviews," said Langholz.

The agreement, which is signed by Skillestad, Langholz, and Mayor Curt Esplan, says the chief must withdraw and dismiss his appeal to the state. The agreement also states that it does not constitute an admission by either party of any wrongdoing and is a settlement of disputed claims concerning said Performance Evaluation."

Point No. 5 says, "The parties confirm that this agreement does not require the payment of money by any party."

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