The Park Rapids City Council heard a report Tuesday about the search for a city administrator to succeed John McKinney.
In March, McKinney resigned effective Aug. 30 after serving as city administrator since September 2012.
Council member Tom Conway read a written statement on behalf of the city's personnel committee, noting that the public sector hiring process involves "more regulations in regard to candidate privacy, etc." than in private-sector human resources.
Conway said the committee asked the public to complete a survey describing the ideal candidate for the position. "We received no completed surveys by the deadline," he said.
Meantime, they received 54 applications from interested candidates by the May 31 deadline. Using a scoring process "consistent with our personnel policies," he said, the committee "directed city staff to arrange interviews with the 10 highest scoring candidates." Interviews are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 21-22.
Council member Liz Stone made a motion authorizing the personnel committee to select a recommended candidate following the interviews and to negotiate a job offer contingent on the city council's approval. The motion passed without dissent.
"If I had known there were 54 people who wanted the job, I would have stayed myself," McKinney quipped.
In consent items and general business, the city council:
• Approved a leave of absence for council member Erika Randall until July 9.
• Approved a salary step increase for city planner Andrew Mack to $24.62 per hour, effective June 1, and extended his probationary period to Dec. 1.
• Contracted with Cummins NPower to complete transfer switch repairs on the water treatment plant generator for up to $2,475.
• Approved a $17,625 quote from Minnesota Valley Irrigation to replace a motor and pump at the wastewater irrigator main structure.
• Approved a $4,685 quote MacQueen Equipment Group for nozzles for the public works department's Vactor sewer cleaning truck.
• Approved payables totaling $10,501 and prepaids totaling 160,962.
• Approved the first reading of an ordinance establishing minimum standards for rental inspections.
• Recognized street department employee Curtis Eischens and municipal liquor store clerk Joyce Mikesh for five years of employment.
• Approved the commitment of restricted funds and transfers for the city's 2018 audit. Specifically, the fund balances were:
• $239 in the K-9 fund can only be used for the police K9 program.
• $6,410 in the vehicle forfeiture fund can only be used for police purposes.
• $33,669 in the park dedication fund is restricted to certain park expenses.
• $618 in a Small Cities Development Program fund is from a grant received in the past.
• $22,534 in the SCDP Grant 2010 fund has restrictions on its use and must be reported to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.
• $7,944 in the Small Cities Energy Efficient Grant reimburses back to the Department of Commerce and will be closed out after the second quarter of 2019, as all funds have been paid back by the recipients.
• $334,252 in the Economic Development Authority and revolving loan fund, with stipulations on its use based on state and federal guidelines.
• Zero in the airport fund after a transfer of $83,015 related to the city's share of last year's taxiway and general aviation apron rehab projects.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 at city hall.