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LP council to select finalists for city administrator job
March 8, 2019

Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – The process to recruit a new Lester Prairie City Administrator, which began last fall, is nearing completion.

The Tuesday, March 12 Lester Prairie City Council meeting will begin at 6 p.m., one hour earlier than usual, so the council can narrow the field of candidates to the finalists.

The city contracted with Richard Fursman of executive recruiting firm HueLife to conduct the search on its behalf.

Fursman accepted applications through Feb. 23.

Fursman conducted interviews and narrowed the list of candidates to eight or 10 people.

The council will screen and select finalists Tuesday, and select the top four or five candidates.

Final interviews will be scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16.

The goal is to have the new administrator in place in April.

According to the information posted on the city’s website, the city is seeking “a personable, creative, team-oriented, and confident leader with strong communication skills to be its first city administrator.

“The administrator sought will be a people-person who is actively engaged in the community as a face of city hall.

“The ideal candidate will:

• be able to represent the council as a whole while respecting each member’s contribution and point of view;

• be a ‘people person;’

• be an articulate and excellent communicator – verbally and in writing;

• be able to thrive in an open and respectful work environment, following the current approach of a cohesive, team-driven staff;

• be able to listen to all ideas while having the leadership confidence to make decisions;

• possess strong customer service orientation;

• be comfortable dealing with the public and working in a high-visibility role;

• be willing to become part of the community through participation in service clubs and community organizations;

• be secure and confident in their knowledge of their job and recommendations;

• possess a high degree of integrity;

• be a person known for presenting and implementing ideas.”

Position priorities will include:

• Take on the role of securing land and a developer for new housing starts.

• Get to know staff, council, boards, and systems, and provide recommendations for continuous improvement.

• Get out into the community and become visible.

• Focus on EDA and planning zoning projects.

• Schedule a strategic planning session that focuses on the future of the city (strategies for economic development, housing, park expansion, redevelopment, and staff succession plan).

• Help finalize the bike path.

• Help the camping area get established.

• Become familiar with the pool issues and help identify solutions.

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