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Estherville council begins search for new administrator

By Staff | Sep 30, 2008

Estherville Mayor Lyle Hevern, left, presented a plaque to outgoing Estherville Ward II Councilman Joe Swisher who has served in that capacity for the past 22 years. Swisher was recognized at the special Estherville City Council meeting on Sept. 29. EDN photo by Mary Ann Menendez

Members of the Estherville City Council met in special session on Sept. 29 for the sole purpose of discussing the future administrative management plan and management structure for the city operations.

These necessary steps are being taken to find the best qualified individual who can take the management reins from current city administrator Steve Woodley who has announced his upcoming retirement.

The council reviewed packets received from six executive search consultants and decided to narrow the list to three, including:

n The Brimeyer Group, Inc. of Hopkins, Minn.

n Springsted Incorporated of St. Paul, Minn.

n HR-One Source Services of Johnston.

A mayor/council work session is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27 when city officials will interview each of these executive search consultants. Once the interview process is complete with satisfied answers, the council will hire one of the search consultants to locate the best possible candidates for the position.

At that point, the council will meet and interview these individuals with the hope of selecting the most qualified for the position.

Prior to the meeting, a plaque was presented to Ward 2 councilman Joe Swisher who is resigning his position as of Wednesday, Oct. 1. He has served that ward for the last 22 years.

“It has been 22 great years. It really has,” Swisher told the council and city officials.