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Watertown has a new city manager.
City officials announced Friday morning that Rick Finn, who has had experience managing such cities as Sandusky, Ohio and Peekskill, N.Y., will assume hew new duties on July 30.
He takes over from Brad Minnick, who's been filling in since Sharon Addison left in May to take a job at Fort Drum.
Finn is no stranger to Watertown. His son served at Fort Drum for three years, so he and his wife have made frequent visits.
"We got to know the people, the parks, the facilities" and his granddaughter "was actually born right here in your beautiful city."
That made the decision to apply for the job easy, he said.
"We came to know Watertown and when I became aware that it was looking for a city manager, I decided that I would apply for it because it is the community that I, first of all, like as far as the friendliness of the people," he said, "also it's a community that is very similar in many ways to a lot of the communities that I have worked for in the past."
Besides Sandusky and Peekskill, Finn has worked for the cities of Takoma Park, Maryland and, most recently, Bay City, Michigan.
"What I plan on doing for the next couple weeks, couple months, is really spending a tremendous amount of time getting out and meeting people throughout the community," he said.
"I like to learn about the community and for the entire time I'm here, and hopefully that'll be a long time, I want to get out and about and talk to a lot of people, find out what's going on, what the interests and concerns are."
In making the announcement, Mayor Joe Butler also had high praise for Minnick, who he said will help Finn transition into his new role.
"He's fun to be around, he's very intelligent, he's got a great sense of humor, I know he's worked well with staff," Butler said.
Addison left after city council members decided in January not to renew her contract, which was due to run out at the end of June.