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BE administrator finalists named

By Staff | Feb 9, 2020

It took two closed session meetings, but the Blue Earth City Council has come up with four finalists for the position of city administrator.

Those four are:

Mary Kennedy, of Blue Earth, who currently is employed by Community and Economic Development Associates (CEDA), and serves as the economic development specialist for the city of Blue Earth.

Kim Moore, of Amery, Wisconsin, and she was formerly the city administrator in Amery.

Devin Swanberg, of Pine Island, who is currently the director of economic development for the Economic Development Authority of the city of Pine Island.

Jeremiah Wadley, of Rochester, who is currently the senior financial analyst for the city of Dodge Center.

The City Council went into closed session during their regular meeting last Monday night, in order to discuss the 12 applicants for the position of city administrator.

The council was trying to decide how many, and who, to interview for the position as finalists. They did not reach a decision on Monday and held another closed special meeting on Thursday.

After coming out of that closed session and into the regular meeting, Mayor Rick Scholtes called for a motion for interviewing four candidates. That motion passed and the names of the four finalists were then announced.

The council also passed a motion to authorize Wendell Sande of South Central Cooperative Services, to set up interview times with the four finalists to be held on Tuesday, Feb. 25. In addition, a public open house/meet and greet with the four finalists would be held on Monday, Feb. 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The city of Blue Earth has been without a city administrator since the end of December when Tim Ibisch left the post and took a position as the city administrator in Kasson.

The council had decided to take on a more hands-on approach to selecting a new city administrator than they had when selecting Ibisch five years ago.

The entire council studied all 12 applicants and tried to decide which ones to interview.

After not coming to a decision last Monday, they decided to study all 12 and come to an agreement at the special meeting last Thursday, which they did.

The council as a group will interview the four finalists and the interviews will be open to the public.

The council hopes to have a new city administrator hired and in place by March 25.

Also in closed session the council discussed the allegations against a Blue Earth Wine and Spirits city employee, David Childs.

When they came out of the closed session at the meeting held this past Thursday, the council voted to hire the Faribault County Sheriff’s Department to conduct an investigation into the allegations filed against Childs.