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Richard Fursman has a tough job on his hands. He's been charged with finding good candidates for the open Rosemount city administrator position.

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Fursman, vice president of search firm the Brimeyer Group, knows what goes into being a city administrator. He did it himself for a long time and now is bringing that expertise to Rosemount.

The city council hired the Brimeyer Group to help find its next manager after former administrator Jamie Verbrugge resigned to take a similar position in the city of Brooklyn Park.

To start the candidate search, Fursman talked with the stakeholders involved or at least tried to. First he talked with the city council members, then the city department heads to get a feel for what they were thinking. He also held a meeting for all city employees and got some feedback from them.

Last Thursday he asked the public to tell him what they thought. For two and half hours Fursman sat in an empty council chambers waiting for the public to come. Maybe it was because it was the nicest day of the year so far or maybe people were too busy but Don Sinnwell was the only resident to show up.

"It says something that no one showed up," Fursman told the council. "If the tires were coming off the truck I'm sure they would have been here."

With the information he received Fursman came up with a position profile. The document, which will go out to potential candidates, tells a little of the history of the city, issues the the community faces and what qualities candidates should possess.

The city council approved the profile Tuesday night during its regular meeting and with that the advertisements for the position will go out. Fursman said they will put the advertisement on numerous web sites including the state, regional and national sites. He also has a list of people he will send letters to.

Fursman said he expects 40 or 50 people will apply for the job. Several potential candidates have already expressed interest.

He will then go through and narrow down the field, eventually ending up with 10 candidates or so to present to the council.

The council will then interview the candidates and narrow the field down further to reveal several finalist. Names of candidates are confidential until the city names finalists.

Mayor Bill Droste said the city will host a open house with the finalists and give the public a chance to weigh in on the candidates.

Fursman will give the city council another update July 8. During that update he hopes to have 10 candidates narrowed down

For more information on the search for a new city administrator visit www.ci.rosemount.mn.us.

Readers can get a more in depth view of the search by logging onto the Town Pages web site at www.rosemounttownpages.com to listen to a podcast with assistant city administrator Emmy Foster.

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