Minot City Council formally approves Thomas Barry as new City Manager

MINOT, ND - Minot's City Council has formally approved a new city manager.

Thomas Barry will take over the position for the city.

Barry has worked in the public sector in Meridian, Idaho, since 2008.

He accepted the position two weeks ago, after beating out two other finalists for the job.

He replaces Lee Staab, who left for a job in Colorado in August.

Barry could not be present for today's meeting but he will start on the job Dec. 12.

Minot's aldermen praised Mayor Chuck Barney for the city's transparency throughout the hiring process, and the Mayor credited Barry as a thoroughly-qualified candidate who is ready for the job.

“At that point the Mayor took over, and he took probably a couple of hours to guide the search committee in its process. And again, as a psychologist, I think he did an excellent, if not outstanding job, of leading that group,” Alderman Stephan Podrygula said at a special council meeting Oct. 21.

“He understood, certainly understands the public works aspect of city government, and that is a huge component of what we do as a city. So those experiences just translate very well to what the city manager's job is going to be,” Mayor Barney said of Barry’s qualifications.

The council unanimously approved his selection 13 to 0, with one absence.