The Winona County Board approved hiring an outside consultant to examine potential collaboration and consolidation between the Planning Department and other county departments and outside agencies, as well as assist Planning Department staff in preparing to administer the newly-approved zoning ordinance.
Al Roder, former Northfield, Minn., city manager, who has also held posts in Becker County, Minn., and Norfolk, Neb., will assume the job for $40 an hour, a savings over the Planning Director position left unfilled after Brian Bender resigned in October. According to the agreement, Roder should make no more than $6,400 per month, he will not be eligible for benefits, and the County Board asked for a review or update of his work within three months.
Former City Administrator Al Roder will be granted immunity from prosecution for testifying against former Mayor Lee Lansing. That’s according to a letter from the Goodhue County Attorney’s Office obtained by the Northfield News on Monday, which says investigators do not have “sufficient credible evidence” to prosecute Roder.
Update 6:30 am Tuesday: the PDF of the letter from Goodhue County Attorney Stephen Betcher to Al Roder’s attorney David Lillehaug is on the Northfield News website.
David Hvistendahl has a new weekly show on KYMN Radio called Law Review. For this week’s show, he and associate attorney Britt Ackerman, discuss, among other things, legal matters involving former Northfield City Administrator Al Roder. They revealed that Roder’s former home in Northfield is now in foreclosure. And they confirmed with the Goodhue County attorney’s office that the investigation of Roder is still open. The connection? “Follow the money…” they say. For background, see these Oct. 2008 Northfield News articles: