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Merrill city administrator's fate decided


Merrill city council members decided to keep an eye on the city administrator's performance in the future. The decision came after about an hour and a half behind closed doors.

Late July, Merrill Mayor Derek Woellner called for Dave Johnson to resign, saying the public wants him to and he isn't fully doing his job. Johnson came back at the mayor, saying he was disappointed. Woellner decided to call a meeting to discuss Johnson's performance.

Several dozen people packed Merrill City Hall, with about 10 voicing their opinions. Residents and business owners who spoke out were split on what they wanted to happen to Johnson. Some said they felt Johnson has been rude during his six years in that position.

"I think you really have to do something to reign the administrator in," said one resident.

One thing many residents and business owners seemed to agree on is that Johnson has done a lot for Merrill.

"He has done so many things, our new aquatic center, our new enrichment center, our expo hill," said another resident.

The city's personnel and finance committee will keep an eye on Johnson's performance in the future. Johnson and Woellner said they're happy with that decision.

"I'm not displeased with results at all, I feel that it is vindication of charges that the mayor made," said Johnson.

"I'm happy with what the council got together and decided, it's an issue that needed to be addressed and I was happy that something came out of it," said Woellner.

Johnson said he will make some changes going forward.

"I have a different management style then most people, I have a different interaction style than most people, so I guess I'll just have to be more careful how I come across to people," said Johnson.


The Merrill city council will meet behind closed doors Monday evening to discuss the performance of city administrator David Johnson.

Late July, Merrill Mayor Derek Woellner called for Johnson to resign, saying the public wants him to and he isn't fully doing his job.

According to documents, if Johnson is terminated without cause, the severance package would cost taxpayers roughly $140,000. That number includes six months of pay, vacation time and benefits.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. There is public comment before the council moves into closed session.

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