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St. Charles mayor: Townsend negotiations ongoing; city hopes to retain administrator

ST. CHARLES – After eight years of directing operations at St. Charles City Hall, City Administrator Brian Townsend and the city’s elected officials remain in talks to determine how much more time Townsend may get in his current job.

Monday, Townsend and St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina said the city administrator, mayor and City Council are continuing to hammer out the terms of a potential new contract for Townsend.

“We’re still negotiating, it’s as simple as that at this point,” Rogina said. “And it’s my desire to settle a contract, and my hope that it happens sooner rather than later.”

Townsend said he also hopes to complete a deal soon.

“The mayor and I have had a number of conversations in the past 90 days,” Townsend said. “And I am looking forward to a successful resolution of all issues.”

Townsend has served as city administrator since 2005, when he was hired by former Mayor Don DeWitte. He received a new contract in 2009, and currently earns about $217,000, including salary, travel allowance and health insurance.

However, that contract expired May 6, after Rogina was elected and took office to replace DeWitte, who opted not to seek re-election.

Rogina and the City Council since have approved two 30-day extensions of Townsend’s contract, allowing him to continue in his role while negotiating a new deal.

As the negotiations have continued, Rogina said rumors have spread that he may not want to retain Townsend. But the mayor denied those assertions, saying he “absolutely” wished for Townsend to continue as city administrator.

“He does fine work,” Rogina said. “His performance is fine.”

Rogina declined to discuss either what issues remain outstanding in the negotiations or when he expects a deal to be completed.

Townsend also declined to specify which “issues” he and the mayor may need to resolve.

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