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W’bago now down to two

By Staff | Apr 24, 2010

Johanna Marzinske

If there’s anything the Winnebago City Council has learned while trying to hire a city administrator it’s — expect the unexpected and be accommodating.

Tuesday night council members narrowed the list down to two finalists — Ted Schoonover of Red Oak, Iowa, and Johanna Marzinske of Mankato.

But, that’s one less candidate than they had planned for.

Early in the interviewing process one candidate withdrew and Mark Baker of Holstein, Iowa, called City Hall Tuesday afternoon to say he could not make an interview rescheduled for that night.

So, with just four actually interviewing for the job, the council decided just to pick two finalists.

Ted Schoonover

On Wednesday, city officials were told Thursday’s follow-up interviews with the two finalists had to be postponed.

This time it was at the request of Schoonover, who had a scheduling conflict.

“It’s frustrating, but it’s just something we’re going to have to deal with,” says Mayor Randy Nowak. “I don’t think we want to miss out on a good candidate. We’re going to take our time.”

It’s uncertain when the follow-up interviews with the finalists will be held.

Schoonover is the deputy auditor of Montgomery County and mayor of Red Oak while Marzinske works as a financial specialist with Blue Earth County.

The two candidates were the top choices based on average scores on 20 questions in which they were rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best.

The council was shooting to have someone hired by their May meeting, now that could be pushed back.

“It’s still our goal, although it may be a little harder to do that,” says Councilman Dana Gates.