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City manager finalists to be selected at start of July

Finalists slated to come to Albert Lea mid-month


The Albert Lea City Council will meet July 1 to select finalists for the city manager position.

Job applications were accepted through June 11, according to Gary Weiers, a management consultant for David Drown Associates, whose company DDA Human Resources is conducting the search.

Weiers said the company reviewed and ranked the applicants, and the top candidates were chosen to move forward and complete a video interview and a work personality index with the firm.

Next week, the council will review this information before meeting July 1, when it will narrow down the pool of candidates. Weiers said during those discussions, candidates will be identified with an assigned number because names and other identifying information are not public until the finalists have been determined.

Names of the finalists can be released once they are selected.

Finalists will be interviewed in Albert Lea July 17 and July 18.

The council will determine what the interview process will include. Weiers said it is likely to involve a community event, interviews with department heads and an interview with the council.

The vacancy comes after former City Manager Chad Adams accepted a new position as CEO of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. His last day was June 4.


Albert Lea Housing and Redevelopment Authority executive director search

Liza Donabauer with David Drown Associates said applications for the Albert Lea Housing and Redevelopment Authority executive director position were accepted through June 13.

Like with the city manager search, DDA Human Resources reviewed and ranked the applicants based on background and experience.

Donabauer said the top six candidates were chosen to move forward in the process and are completing a video interview and personality index.

The Housing and Redevelopment Board will review information for each of the semifinalists on July 1, prior to a board meeting July 8. At the July 8 meeting, finalists will be selected.

The board will also finalize the interview schedule for Aug. 1 with the finalists, which will likely include a tour of the Shady Oaks facility and other HRA-owned sites, an informal luncheon with invited stakeholders and a formal panel interview with the board, she said.

The HRA was operating under interim directors since the end of June 2018, when Jon Ford resigned.