Commissioners unanimously approve City Administrator contract at special meeting

The City of Dickinson and Dustin Dassinger have reached an agreement in contractual negotiations related to the position of City Administrator. In a meeting on Friday, all parties approved the final contract.

In a unanimous decision, the City of Dickinson Commission approved a final contract for the City Administrator position after two-months of back and forth negotiations.
In a unanimous decision, the City of Dickinson Commission approved a final contract for the City Administrator position after two-months of back and forth negotiations.
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DICKINSON — After about two months of contractual negotiations between the city and Dustin Dassinger, an agreement has been reached and the matters officially concluded.

During the brief special meeting of the Dickinson City Commission Friday morning, commissioners unanimously approved a contract for Dustin Dassinger to become Dickinson’s official City Administrator.

“Welcome aboard Mr. Dassinger,” Mayor Scott Decker said as he and Dassinger signed the contract.

Dassinger has filled the position as interim for six months and says he’s excited about the partnerships he’s built and what’s on the horizon for Dickinson.

“I look forward to working with the commission and the community moving forward; and getting some things accomplished for the City of Dickinson,” Dassinger said “Yes, I’m happy. I’m okay with the contract and ready to get to work.”


The move marks a transition for Dassinger, who has served as the Dickinson Police Chief for more than a decade after being promoted to that role in October of 2011. His lengthy service with the Dickinson Police Department closes as he formally moves into his official capacity as city administrator.

Capt. Joe Cianni will continue to fill the interim position. Cianni said he anticipates a determination on who will fill the open position of Chief of Police will come at some point in early 2023.

Joe Cianni
Interim Dickinson Police Chief Joe Cianni speaks during a city commission meeting.
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