Mary Degiovanni, Sartell’s financial director, will now serve as interim city administrator to replace Patti Gartland, whose last day was May 31.
The city council approved the appointment at a special meeting May 28.
At this point, the council is not sure whether to seek a new city administrator or to let Degiovanni take that job permanently, if she so desires, and hire a new financial director to take over that job from Degiovanni.
Council members said they are pleased Degiovanni showed a willingness to become interim administrator because she has worked with city staff for so long and has a thorough working knowledge of Sartell issues.
Degiovanni had been a city administrator for Annandale before accepting Sartell’s job offer for financial director. She has had that job for the past nine years.
Gartland resigned her administrator position to become president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corp.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.