Willmar city administrator finalists to take part in round of interviews on Thursday

The two finalists for the Willmar City Administrator position will be in town on Thursday for a day of meet and greets, interviews with staff and chamber members and the final interviews with the Willmar City Council. The council is planning on making its decision on which candidate will be the new administrator following the interviews.

Willmar City Administrator finalists Tyler Brooks (l) and Dana Schoening will be interviewed by the Willmar City Council in person on Thursday. The council is planning on making its decision on who to hire following the interviews. Submitted photos / West Central Tribune
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WILLMAR — The two finalists for the Willmar City administrator position — Tyler Brooks and Dan Schoening — will be in Willmar on Thursday for their second interview with the City Council, this time in person.

The day is scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. Thursday at the Willmar Conference Center, where there will be a welcome with the Willmar City Council . That will be followed by an interview with city staff and members of the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

There will also be a lunch with the council from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m.

The public will have its chance to meet the candidates from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday during a community input session and Q&A at the Barn Theatre.

The actual council interviews will start at 6:05 p.m. in the board room of the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services building. Brooks will go first, with Schoening's interview scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m.


After the interviews the council will be selecting a candidate and authorizing BakerTilly , the search firm, to negotiate a contract with the final choice.

The interviews and the discussion are public.

Brooks is currently an officer in the United States Air Force with years of experience working as a commander in multiple operations units. He is stationed in South Daytona, Florida.

Schoening is the director of planning and operations for Sweetwater, Texas, and has held similar positions in other cities. He currently lives in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Current city administrator Brian Gramentz is resigning from the position and will be leaving in early June. He has been the administrator, first on an interim basis and then full-time, for approximately two years.

Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email or direct 320-214-4373.

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