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FCDC has seven applicants

By Staff | Sep 5, 2010

Linsey Warmka

Faribault County Development Corporation board members are moving quickly to find a new executive director.

Linsey Warmka, economic development coordinator for FCDC, says seven applications — three each from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and one from Iowa — have been received so far.

The private, non-profit group began advertising the position shortly after Doug Uhrhammer announced last month he was resigning effective Aug. 29.

Warmka says an ad was placed on the League of Minnesota Cities website and the deadline to submit an application is Sept. 6.

Depending on qualifications and work experience the annual starting salary range is listed $70,000 to $90,000.

FCDC board members held a meeting on Thursday to discuss what their next move will be.

“They’ll have to decide if they want to use the same hiring process as last time,” says Warmka.

Until someone is hired, Uhrhammer has agreed to provide consultant services if needed.

How soon FCDC finds a new director could determine if the county continues paying its monthly fee stipulated in a service contract.

Under the agreement, the county pays $50,000 annually or $4166 monthly for economic development activities.

County Auditor/Treasurer John Thompson says August services provided by FCDC will be paid this month.

Thompson says county commis-sioners probably will discuss at one of their September meetings whether they’ll make a payment in October.

“The board will have to decide if they think the county has gotten its money’s worth,” he says.

Language in the contract between FCDC and the county may also come into play. A clause states if the development group does not have an executive director, the agreement ends.

County board chairman Bill Groskreutz anticipates commissioners will address the status of the contract soon.

“I don’t know the feelings of the other commissioners. But, the way the contract is written, there is no contract if there isn’t a director,” he says. “The way finances are for governments, you have to wonder if that is the best way to spend it.”

The city of Blue Earth also pays FCDC $50,000 a year. However, the contract does not automatically end if the group does not have an executive director.