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Council narrows administrator field to 5 finalists

While most of Rosemount is enjoying the revelry of Leprechaun Days the five members of the Rosemount City Council will be interviewing the five top candidates for the city administrator position. During a special meeting Wednesday night the council chose its top five candidates for the job. The top five are James Hurm, the administrator for the city of Austin; Dwight Johnson, manager for the village of Homer Glen, Illinois; Kimberly Lindquist, acting administrator for the city of Rosemount and the city's community development director; Michael Mornson, manager for the city of St. Anthony; and James Norman, owner of Norman and Associates, a consulting firm.

"We had great candidates. It was a really hard decision," said council member Kim Shoe-Corrigan of choosing the five finalists.

In all 38 people sent in their resumes for the the position. Consultant Richard Fursman went through the 38 and whittled the list down to 19. Through personal and telephone interviews he reduced the pool further to 10. Fursman said he chose the 10 individuals because they all closely matched the city's criteria for what it wanted in the position. Fursman considered experience in areas important to Rosemount such as working with a growing city, downtown development and budgeting.

"We had a very strong top 10," said Fursman.

Fursman works for the Brimeyer Group, a search firm hired by the city to find candidates for the position.

The city found itself in need of a new city administrator in April when Jamie Verbrugge took a similar position in Brooklyn Park. Community development director Lindquist has been the acting city administrator since Verbrugge's departure.

On June 18 and 19 the five candidates will go through a series of interviews. On Friday the candidates will meet with each council member individually. Then on Saturday the candidates will be interviewed by the department heads and then the council as a whole. The meetings are open to the public.A public reception will be held Friday from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at city hall. The reception will give residents the chance to meet the five finalists and their spouses.

The council will gather for a special meeting July 22 to discuss making an offer to one of the candidates, said assistant city administrator Emmy Foster.