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BE narrows administrator candidates down to seven

By Staff | Sep 21, 2014

The Blue Earth City Council learned last Monday night that progress is being made in the search for a new city administrator.

And, they heard a surprise announcement that one of the candidates for the position had withdrawn his name from consideration.

Interim city administrator Todd Bodem told the council at the meeting he has withdrawn his name from the list of candidates because he has accepted another job. Plus, he gave the council his official two weeks notice and will be leaving the interim city administrator position as of Sept. 29.

In an interview with the Faribault County Register after the meeting, Bodem said his new job is out of state. In fact, it is located in a town on the central California coast. He declined to name the city.

“I start on Oct. 6,” Bodem said in the interview. “My family will be moving out there with me at a later date.”

He said he had to decide whether to accept this job in California, or wait and see whether he would get the Blue Earth job or not.

“I love Blue Earth,” he said. “You have a great city here and the staff at City Hall is the best I have ever worked with. But, I had to decide to do what was best for me and my and family and that was to take this offer in California.”

Bodem said he knows there are many qualified candidates out there who have applied for the administrator job.

Mayor Rick Scholtes confirmed there have been at least 20 applications.

Scholtes announced to the council that their consultant had narrowed the list to seven semi-finalists.

“The committee will be interviewing these seven candidates on Saturday,” Scholtes said. “The committee will then narrow the list down to three final candidates.”

The committee is composed of two representatives of the council, some city staff members and several members of the general public.

The interviews of the seven candidates is not open to the public, Scholtes said. He also said those seven names will not be released to the press or the public.

The mayor called for a special meeting on Monday night, Sept. 22, to announce the names of the three finalists. Then on Saturday, Sept. 27, the three finalists will be interviewed by the full council.

Those three names will be available to the press and the finalist interviews will be open to the public.

(The names of the three finalists will be available both on the Faribault County Register website and on the Register’s Facebook page on Monday night, Sept. 22.)

Scholtes says he expects the council to make a decision on offering the job to one of the candidates at their October meeting. A new administrator could be on the job in Blue Earth by November.