NORTH MANKATO — The process for finding a replacement for recently retired North Mankato City Administrator Wendell Sande took another step Thursday night when a special committee privately reduced the list of 24 applicants.
Mayor Mark Dehen, who serves on the expanded personnel committee, wouldn’t say how many names remain on the list. But those candidates will be scheduled for private interviews with the committee the week of July 23, and the three finalists will be chosen the week of July 30th.
No names will be made public until the selection of the top three, who will be interviewed in a public meeting by the North Mankato City Council, under the hiring process being used by the city.
Dehen said the committee agreed to not reveal even the number of candidates who will be invited for initial interviews during the fourth week in July.
“There’s well more than three,” he said.
The group is a strong one, according to Dehen.
“We have some really quality applicants,” he said. “We’re really happy with the number of applicants and their interest in the job.”
The expanded personnel committee — which also includes Councilman Bill Schindle, deputy city clerk Lynette Peterson, Navator Folders general manager Trudy Gustafson and Minnesota Valley Action Council human resources coordinator Keith Hamm — will do face-to-face interviews with the remaining candidates.
The group expects to announce the three finalists at the Aug. 6 council meeting. City tours and public interviews of the finalists will follow.
“Hopefully by the end of August, we can get that down to one hiree,” Dehen said.
Sande retired at the end of May after 16 years as city