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HL City Council officially begins its city administrator search
Aug. 11, 2014

By Tara Mathews
Staff Writer

HOWARD LAKE, MN – Howard Lake City Council approved items related to its city administrator executive search at its meeting Tuesday.

A job posting, job description, timeline, and interview date for the city administrator executive search were among the approved items.

The position was posted Wednesday, Aug. 6 and will be open until Wednesday, Sept. 3.

By Sept. 5, Gary Weiers of David Drown Associates will have about 10 initial interview candidates selected, he said.

Weiers will conduct the initial interview with candidates by phone, and construct summaries of each one.

He will present summaries of the candidates’ phone interviews and profiles to the council at its Sept. 16 meeting, at which time the council will discuss the candidates and select about five for second interviews.

Names of candidates will be kept confidential until the council selects them for interviews.

Weiers will complete background checks, education verifications, reference checks, and workplace personality inventories on the selected candidates prior to the second interview.

Friday, Oct. 3 the council will conduct interviews of candidates beginning at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be open to the public.

Since the event takes place all day, a luncheon and tour should be provided to candidates, Weiers said.

Details regarding the interview day will be provided at a later date, he added.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• approved interim city administrator pay for Jennifer Nash of $100 per week, which will begin after Aug. 15;

• approved additions to the Lodge of Howard Lake’s site plan. The plan now includes a grounds sign, and refuse receptacle location;

• approved a budget workshop Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 6 p.m.;

• approved a modification to its “Rules of the City Council” ordinance stating that routine, non-controversial items will be included in a consent agenda;

• approved final closing of the 2011 street improvement project; and

• declared June 9 through July 9 dates of local emergency, which makes Howard Lake eligible for reimbursement of unanticipated expenses due to excessive rainfall.

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