Administrator Search Stalls 24 May 12

The Nicollet County Board on Wednesday voted to re-open the application process for finding a new county administrator when the 5 county commissioners split their views on the finalists for the position. Current Nicollet County Administrator Bob Podhradsky is retiring June 22nd, and the county initially received 40 applications for the job. Interviews were held with the top 11 candidates, which were then narrowed down to 3: Aitkin County Administrator Patrick Wussow, former Anoka County Deputy Administrator David Minke, and former Beltrami County Administrator Anthony Murphy, who has since withdrawn his name from consideration. Commissioners Jack Kolars and Marie Dranttel on Wednesday said they couldn’t accept either remaining candidate, and Commissioners Dave Haack, Bruce Beatty and James Stenson were split between the two. The board is now expected to wait about 60 days before re-advertising for the position. An interim administrator will likely be needed following Podhradsky’s retirement until a new hire is made.