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Posted on: March 26, 2021

City Announces Finalists for City Administrator Process

For Immediate Release

The City of Waconia announces finalists for City Administrator.   

The city has been seeking a replacement for Susan Arntz who resigned in the fall of 2020 to take a position as City Manager for the City of Mankato.

The following individuals were selected as finalists for the position of City Administrator.  

Mike Darrow:  Previously, the City Administrator for City of New Richmond, Wisconsin, a community of 9,800, Mr. Darrow has served and advised in local government for 14 years, including in the City of Gilbert, Minnesota and as a project manager for Short Elliot Hendrickson (SEH).  Mr. Darrow has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Urban Design from Minnesota State University.

Shane Fineran:  Currently, the City Administrator for Watertown, Minnesota, a community of 4,500 since 2014, Mr. Fineran has served in local government for sixteen years including positions with City of Waconia and with Scott County.   Fineran has Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Public Administration degree from Hamline University.

Jasper Kruggel:  Currently the City Administrator for Le Sueur, Minnesota since 2017, Mr. Kruggel has eight years serving local governments including positions as Public Services Director for Le Sueur and Streets and Parks Manager and Project Manager for the City of Northfield, Minnesota.  Mr. Kruggel has a Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Public Administration from Walden University.

The finalists were selected from a field of sixty-five applicants.  The City has been assisted in the recruitment by GovHR USA, an executive recruitment and management consulting firm, that specializes in local government.

Finalists will be interviewed by the City of Waconia Mayor and City Council on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.


Dated: March 25, 2021

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