Council hires city manager

Lee Staab was officially named as Minot’s city manager at a special meeting of the Minot City Council Friday. He will assume the duties on Sept. 15.

Staab, 57, graduated with an engineering degree from the West Point military academy in New York state and later received his master’s degree in engineering from the University of Illinois. He worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 28 years before spending more than seven years in private industry. He has made more than 50 trips in connection with his work to Iraq, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.

The council approved the hiring and a three-year contract at a base annual salary of $145,000 with no objection or discussion.

The city continues to conduct a search for a city attorney. The interview stage has begun in that process.

The council also declared a flood emergency in connection with storm sewer damage from rainfall that occurred June 28 to 30. An emergency declaration is necessary to apply for federal assistance through the county.

The rain caused erosion and damage to the storm sewer system in parts of south Minot through which Puppy Dog Coulee runs and also in the Woodside area.