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Klein out as Adel city administrator

ADEL – Brett Klein’s role as Adel City Administrator will come to an end June 30 after the Adel City Council passed a resolution to approve a severance agreement between Klein and the City during a special meeting Thursday.

Klein, 42, spent two and a half years as city administrator before reaching a “mutual” agreement with the City.

“There’s not much to say,” said Klein. “It’s probably not the right fit, would probably be the best way to put it. It is what it is. In our profession, it happens. It happened in Waukee a year ago and in Indianola two years ago. It just happens.”

Prior to Adel, Klein spent 20 years in the public sector, working in Illinois and Wisconsin. Klein accepted a position in Iowa to be closer to family in the Des Moines area.

“It wasn’t the people who changed, just the dynamic,” Klein said. “I’m not sure if they want a professional administrator - they’ll have to decide that. My reviews have all been good, I’ve never had anything negative said. I think it’s about what they want out of this position, which doesn’t seem to be what they recruited for this position but they’ll have to decide that in the next few months.”

Klein will continue working for the City of Adel through June 30 to assist with the transition period.

“We mutually agreed to part ways - doing it very amicably,” said Adel Mayor Jim Peters. “He’s going to stay around until June 30. We’ve been very professional about it and Brett has been very professional about it. He’s committed to fulfilling his duties and responsibilities for the remainder of his time here and I have full faith that he will do that. We wish him the best as he moves on.”

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