ST PETER — Before naming the finalist candidates vying to succeed him, retiring Nicollet County Administrator Bob Podhradsky on Tuesday joshed about the unexpected retirement announcement Monday of fellow 62-year-old Wendell Sande, North Mankato’s city administrator.
“I’ll have a fishing partner now,” Podhradsky told the Nicollet County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting.
On Monday the County Board will interview the three finalists culled from an initial field of 40 applicants.
The finalists are:
* Patrick Wussow, Aitken County administrator who formerly served as acting city administrator of Tonka Bay and city administrator of Big Lake.
He has also worked as a city planner for North Mankato.
* David Minke, former deputy county administrator for Anoka County and current manager for an Anoka County fiber optic project.
He also has served as administrator for the cities of Glenwood, Princeton and Bemidji.
* Anthony Murphy, former Beltrami County administrator who also served as city administrator for Ashland, Wis., and South Jordan, Utah.
The Nicollet County Personnel Committee held initial screening interviews for 11 candidates to whittle the field to three.
A new administrator is expected to be named prior to Podhradsky’s final day on the job June 22.
Podhradsky, Nicollet County’s administrator since 2001, announced his retirement in December. He joined Nicollet County 22 years ago and served much of his tenure as county coordinator before the position transitioned to administrator.
A county administrator’s duties include preparing county board meeting agendas, establishing training sessions for county employees, handling questions and complaints from employees, coordinating projects, and serving on boards and committees.