Hopkins City Manager Rick Getschow will start work as Eden Prairie city manager March 28.
The Eden Prairie City Council unanimously approved a contract with Getschow at its meeting Tuesday night following his selection from among three finalists Feb. 3.
“I think it’s a great opportunity for me to be a city manager in a community as highly rated as Eden Prairie,” Getschow told Hopkins Patch on Wednesday morning.
Getschow, who became city manager six years ago in January, said he doesn’t yet have firm details about his final day with Hopkins, adding that he first needs to discuss a timeline with Mayor Gene Maxwell and submit a formal letter of resignation.
He said he’ll especially miss the people of Hopkins—whether council members, city staff or community residents.
“I had a great time,” he said. “I thought it was an excellent six years in my life working with the city.”
Firm details about Getschow’s new salary weren’t immediately available. The council said at the meeting that the total package is worth about $148,000, although that includes more than just pay. The salary is about halfway between what Getschow makes now and what former Eden Prairie Manager Scott Neal made before he left.
Neal earned about $138,000 per year. Getschow's salary at Hopkins is $113,000.
Check back with Hopkins Patch for more details as they become available.