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Yellow Medicine County picks five administrator finalists

GRANITE FALLS -- The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners selected five finalists to succeed Peg Heglund as county administrator. The commissioners chose the finalists at their meeting last Tuesday after considering eight candidates for ...

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GRANITE FALLS - The Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners selected five finalists to succeed Peg Heglund as county administrator.

The commissioners chose the finalists at their meeting last Tuesday after considering eight candidates for the position. Gary Weirs, consultant with David Drowns and Associates, is assisting the county in the administrator search.

The commissioners will interview the finalists Nov. 14, and could call back some for second interviews, according to Heglund. The commissioners hope to select a new administrator by the start of the new year.

The finalists are:

β€’ Angie Steinbach, assistant city administrator in Montevideo and formerly the executive director of the Montevideo Chamber of Commerce;

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β€’ Trish Harren, Warroad Elementary School director, and formerly the Itasca County administrator;

β€’ Aurora Heard, Murray County coordinator, and formerly the Lyon County human resources director;

β€’ Amanda Luepke, Clarkfield city administrator, formerly a Mycogen Seeds specialist; and,

β€’ Heber Perry, who works in human resources at Utah State University, Logan, Utah, and formerly worked as the Lake County, California, administrative officer.

Heglund will retire at the end of January after a career with Yellow Medicine County that began 39 years ago on Oct. 29. She has served as county administrator since April 2013. She served as director of the Social Services Department during the previous 10 years.

Heglund informed board members in the spring of her intentions to retire, and board members brought on David Drown and Associates to assist with the search for a successor.

At their meeting on Tuesday, the commissioners agreed to involve county department heads in the interview process. The department heads will interview the finalists during the morning on Nov. 14 and the finalists will interview with the commissioners in the afternoon.

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