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  Crookston will be looking for a new, City Administrator.  The City Council voted 6 to 1 Monday night to fire its current City Administrator, Tony Chladek, after just a year and a half on the job.

  Crookston Mayor, Dave Genereux says the Council's decision to fire City Administrator, Tony Chladek was based entirely on Chladek's job performance.

Dave Genereux, Mayor: "It's more of a personality or conflict with some of our council people. They didn't quite mesh right. So, the Council decided that it was time to make a change."

Wayne Melby, City Council: "It's a combination of things over the last number of months. It just seems we can't get together. We can't rally the troops. He just wasn't the leader we thought he should be."

  Before Chladek took the position as Crookston's City Administrator, he was City Administrator in Merrill, Wisconsin. He resigned from that position in April of 2011, after receiving an unsatisfactory job performance review.

  That job performance review gave him several marks of unsatisfactory performance, including comments that he didn't communicate.

  Mayor Genereux says they knew about that performance report, before Chladek was hired in Crookston. 

Dave Genereux: "Well, we certainly looked at that. We didn't feel it was insurmountable."

  Genereux says Chladek will receive a 6-month severance package that includes half… of his 98-thousand dollar a year salary.

  Chladek barely survived a vote of no confidence by the City Council earlier this year. He declined to comment for this story.

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