Dodge Center City Administrator search narrowed down to six candidates
For the first time in nineteen years the City of Dodge Center is looking for a new City Administrator.
The search comes after previous administrator Lee Mattson left to take a new post with Waseca during the summer.
While the previous search under Mayor Bill Ketchum was done internally the council and city decided to use a search firm that specializes in pairing up administrators with cities.
This idea came about after the Mayor spoke with the search firm about Mattson while they were vetting him as a candidate and the city then realized that using a firm would help find more candidates and allow for a more thorough search.
After signing on with the firm they received twenty eight applicants all looking to fill the post as the next Dodge Center City Administrator.
Mayor Ketchum said that hiring a firm was important for the search because the ability to go out and pinpoint quality candidates is something that takes expertise. Even though the process costs about $19,000 he also mentioned it was well worth it because if they hire someone and they do not last a year then the firm guarantees that they will go out and find a replacement.
After a vetting process was done by the firm that number was narrowed down to fourteen viable candidates.
The different packages of information that each council member and the Mayor received included an introduction video of them answering different questions, a resume and an introduction letter.
During the council meeting through a confidential process the members narrowed down the fourteen viable candidates down to six semi finalists.
It was explained during the meeting by the consultant for the search firm that at this stage in the process information about the candidates is still confidential which means no revealing information could be discussed and that each candidate would be identified by a number instead of a name.
The process to narrow down the field came after each council member and the Mayor wrote down their top three candidates by number on a piece of paper and the consultant counted the votes.
After that process three top candidates were identified and from there a second round of voting took place to narrow down the field to six unidentified candidates.
Out of the six semi finalists three of them come from Minnesota while three come from out of state. Those states include Colorado, Missouri and Massachusetts.
While six candidates were chosen for interviews the process for the candidates will continue which includes completing an intellectual and personality profile as well as having an extensive background and credit check completed along with the consultant talking to a current and previous supervisor.
For those candidates that chose to go forward with the interview process a day of different interviews and meetings will take place for each candidate.
During this day it will include a group interview between each individual candidate and the entire council.
It will also include a tour of the city with different community leaders and a meet and greet so the candidates can meet the different city staff members and also the community members.
After that a Special City Council meeting will be called where a decision will be made which will likely result in the hiring of one of the candidates.
The DCI will provide updates on the search as they become available.