CANDIDATES MULL JOB'S STATUS AS PART
TIME//MOST THINK FULL-TIME MAYOR UNNECESSARY
Marisa Agha, Pioneer Press
Does Roseville need a full-time mayor?
That was one of the key issues Roseville's five mayoral candidates discussed as the group met for the first time Thursday in what promises to be one of the most closely watched suburban races.
Current Council Member Tom Kough stood alone when he spoke in favor of making the job 40 hours per week. "The mayor is very important to the city" and must be available to respond to residents' needs, Kough told a group of about 20 senior citizens at the EagleCrest retirement community.
Currently, the post is considered part time and pays about $9,000 a year.
The rest of the candidates, Council Member Craig Klausing, Tam McGehee, Tammy Pust and Dan Roe generally liked the idea of maintaining a part-time mayor.
Roe said he wouldn't want too much power concentrated in the mayor's office. "It's all about a council of five people acting together,'' he said.
Incumbent Mayor John Kysylyczyn was in the audience with 4-month-old daughter, Sara. Kysylyczyn, however, is running for Council Member Dean Maschka's seat this fall.
The Sept. 9 primary will whittle the field to two candidates, who will face off in the Nov. 4 general election.
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