Legal Services Agreement

Since 1995, MCMA has had an agreement with the Eagan law firm of Campbell Knutson to represent the individual interests of members in their employment relationship with their city or county. Campbell Knutson, in consultation with the League of Minnesota Cities, has prepared a model employment agreement for Minnesota local government managers that is available to all MCMA members. The League has endorsed this contract for consideration by its member cities.

The agreement also sets up a voluntary assessment program , which provides participants up to one hour of consultation time concerning employment issues between the participant and his or her public employer. Additional consultation and representation is available at the rate of $160 per hour.

The agreement with Campbell Knutson was established to ensure that administrators going through separation or other employment difficulties would have ready access to competent legal counsel. Because of the nature of the services being rendered, the MCMA Board established that this voluntary assessment should be paid from personal, rather than public, funds. The ongoing support of individual MCMA members is important to ensuring that local government managers have access to such services.

For further information, contact: Attorney Soren Mattick, Campbell Knutson, Eagandale Office Center, Suite 317, 1380 Corporate Center Curve, Eagan, MN 55121. Phone: (651) 234-6217. E-mail:

Please reach out to Madison Hagenau at if you have any questions or are unable to utilize the services provided by Campbell Knutson.


Employment Agreement

This Sample Employment Agreement has been endorsed by MCMA and the League of Minnesota Cities.


Managers in Transition Assistance

The Managers in Transition (MIT) is a formal program designed to reach out and support members who are in transition or navigating tough times in their city or county.

Please review the updated MIT guide that will walk you through the steps you need to take after you learn you will be leaving your job. Topics covered are exit strategies, a model severance agreement, ICMA & MCMA benefits, the job hunt and many others. It's a great resource.

If you suddenly find yourself a manager in transition, contact MCMA Secretariat Madison Hagenau for assistance or more information.


Ways to Help a Manager in Transition

Those who have been in transition deeply value on-going contact and support from their colleagues.  MCMA has created this Ways To Help A Manager in Transition document with practical suggestions for reaching out.


Members Currently In Transition

For a list of current potentially available interim managers, please contact Madison Hagenau.

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