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Council selects interim administrator
Farmington Minnesota P.O. Box 192 / 312 Oak St. 55024

Peter Herlofsky is the only city administrator Farmington city engineer Kevin Schorzman, has worked with since coming to the community 4 1/2 years ago.


On June 1, Schorzman will replace Herlofsky -- sort of -- when he officially starts his duty as interim city administrator.

Schorzman's appointment isn't official yet. It will be on Monday's city council agenda. Following the council's May 2 meeting, mayor Todd Larson called around to other council members, asking whom they would feel comfortable appointing. Schorzman's name came up again and again.

"I think it's a smart move," Larson said Monday. "His name came up consistently when I was talking to other city council members. It just kind of made sense."

Larson and Schorzman sealed the deal last Friday.

Once the appointment is official Schorzman will start attending meetings with Herlofsky, going around to other communities and stepping in as the representative for Farmington.

Schorzman has had some conversations with Herlofsky. He's already a member of the administrative staffm, so he knows a lot of what is going on around the city.

On the other hand, there is nothing that really rattles Schorzman about the job, either. Since he's worked there, he's developed good relations with his coworkers and peers, so he is confident they will make the job easier.

"This doesn't scare me because everybody knows what their job is and they do it wonderfully on a day to day basis. There shouldn't be any noticeable difference for the public about what's going on around here," Schorzman said.

Just because he's been chosen as interim city administrator doesn't mean Schorzman is looking at making a lifelong career change, either. He's still going to oversee the operation of the engineering department. He's just stepping into the administrator spot on a temporary basis.

"From my perspective, the interim position is to provide a bridge from the old person to the new person so the new person doesn't get blindsided by a bunch of information right off the bat. Anything that I can do to help the new person get up to speed as quickly as possible, that's what I will do," he said. "I appreciate that the council has the confidence in me that I can help us get through this, however, there are numerous people here who could have done it as well.... When your city administrator moves on, we all need to pull together to make a successful transition, and at this point, this is the part I'm going to play in it."

Michelle Leonard
Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and is the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 
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