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Wendy Reuer, Published January 07 2014

Dilworth sets up process for hiring new city administrator

DILWORTH – The City Council here hopes to find a replacement for longtime City Administrator Ken Parke by March.

Applicants will have until March 10 to apply for the position Parke will vacate April 30.

Finalists for the position are expected to be interviewed around March 21 and 22.

If all goes according to the timeline decided on by the City Council at a special meeting Tuesday, it will give the new recruit and Parke a couple of weeks to work together.

At Tuesday’s special meeting, re-elected Mayor Chad Olson and Councilmen Jim Aasiness and Rick Cariveau were sworn in along with first-term Councilman Jason Kakac, who was elected in November.

As the first order of business, the council unanimously approved a job description for a new administrator. The council is looking for candidates with a master’s degree in administration or related field and at least five years of experience working in city government.

The city administrator reports directly to the City Council and is responsible for overseeing budgets, drafting ordinances, and supervising all city staff including acting as the final authority on personnel actions.

The city administrator does not hire or fire personnel without approval from the City Council.

Parke said he plans to post the job opening this week.

Parke announced on Nov. 10 that he would retire April 30 after 34 years with the city. He said he plans to spend time with his family in retirement.

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Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530