Scandia chooses finalists for city administrator job

A deputy city manager and former fire chief from South Carolina and a village administrator from Illinois are among the five finalists to be city administrator in Scandia.

According to Anne Hurlburt, the interim city administrator, the finalists are:

  • Reece Bertholf, deputy city manager in Beaufort, S.C. Bertholf has 20 years of experience in local government, including serving as the assistant city manager and fire chief for Beaufort.

  • Nicole Miller, assistant to the city manager for St. Anthony Village. Miller has 15 years of experience in local government, previously serving the cities of Wyoming and Inver Grove Heights. Miller has also worked as the Training Project Manager for Sagitec Solutions.

  • Kyle Morrell, city administrator and city clerk for Hinckley. Morrell has 16 years of experience in local government, having previously served the cities of Clara City, Columbia Heights and Inver Grove Heights.

  • John Olinger most recently served as city administrator for Lindstrom. Olinger has 30 years of experience in city government, previously serving the cities of Richfield and Mahtomedi. Olinger also worked as a community developer for Food for the Hungry in Yunan Province, China.

  • Jacob Rife most recently served as village administrator for Cary, Ill. Rife has 14 years of experience in local government having also served as assistant village administrator, assistant to the village administrator and management assistant for Cary.

Twenty-six applicants applied for the job.

The Scandia City Council chose the finalists at a special meeting Feb. 21. Hurlburt said council members expect to interview the finalists March 10 and have the new administrator on the job in April.

The council last fall approved a separation agreement with Ken Cammilleri, who had been city administrator since October 2019. His last day was Dec. 31. The council in November hired Hurlburt, who was administrator of New Scandia Township when the city incorporated in 2007, to be the city’s interim administrator; she previously worked for Scandia from 2006 to 2012.

GovHR USA, an executive recruitment and management consulting firm that specializes in local government, is assisting the city with the search, she said.

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