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Down to final three

By Staff | Sep 29, 2014

Daniel Lenz

The list of candidates for the position of Blue Earth city administrator has been narrowed down to three.

The three finalist’s names were released at a special Blue Earth City Council meeting last Monday night, Sept. 22.

The three are:

Daniel Lenz, of Lawrence, Kansas; Timothy P. Ibisch, of Columbus, Wis.; and Pat Oman, of Barnum.

Lenz has been the assistant to the county manager in Olathe, Kan., since October 2012 to the present time.

Pat Oman

Before that, he has held several other positions with the Johnson County government offices in Olathe.

Lenz has a masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

Ibisch is currently a mineman in the U.S. Navy and has been since 2010. From 2008 to 2009 he was the city administrator in Tyler.

He is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, with a masters of arts degree in Urban Studies.

Oman has served as the city administrator and director of the HRA in Moose Lake from April 2013 to the present time. From 2005 to 2013 he was the director of economic development and executive director of the county EDA and HRA in Carlton County in Carlton. He has also served similar positions in Mora and Chippewa Falls, Wis.

Timothy Ibisch

He has a master of Business Administration degree and a master of science Manufacturing Systems degree, both from the University of St. Thomas. He also has completed doctoral coursework in Public Administration at Hamline University.

The three candidates for Blue Earth city administrator will be interviewed by the full City Council on Monday, Oct. 6, at the Blue Earth City Hall with one interview at 2 p.m., one at 3 p.m. and the final one at 4 p.m. The interviews are open to the public.

Then at 5 p.m., the council plans on meeting in closed session to discuss the three candidates and decide which one they wish to offer the position to.

Before the interviews begin, mayor Rick Scholtes announced there will be a “Meet and Greet” open house for the three finalists from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, at Hamilton Hall.

Members of the city staff, committees and the general public are invited to attend the open house.

There were 20 applicants for the city administrator position. Out of those 20, seven were selected to be interviewed by a committee composed of some members of the council, city staff and the general public.

Actually only six were interviewed on Saturday, Sept. 20, as one candidate withdrew his name due to a family emergency.

After completing the interviews, which were closed to the public, the committee selected the three finalists.

“I think we have a fine list of three people to choose from,” mayor Scholtes said after the meeting. “I would be very comfortable with any of these three being our city administrator.”