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Finance job draws a lot of interest

It seems there is a fair amount of interest in the vacant Farmington finance director position.

The city of Farmington received approximately 40 applications for the, and if all goes according to plan, one of those candidates will become the city's next finance director.

The position was posted Oct. 28-Nov. 20. Once all applications were received, city administrator Peter Herlofsky and human resources director Brenda Wendlandt sifted through the applications to narrow the field down to about 20 of the most qualified candidates.

Wendlandt said the minimum requirements for the position include a bachelor of arts degree in finance or accounting or a related field, as well as six years of progressively responsible, supervisory and government finance or accounting experience, or a combination of the education and experience. The salary range posted was from $76,067 to $93,218, depending on the individual's qualifications.

"I think there's some qualified candidates in that pool," Wendlandt said.

The plan, Herlofsky said, is to further narrow down the number of candidates in the coming weeks. Herlofsky would like to hold the first round of interviews before the Christmas holidays, and hopes to have a new finance director selected early in 2010.

"We hope to have somebody starting after the first of the year. That would be our desired situation, but we want to make sure we have the right person," he said.

The finance director position has been vacant since Robin Roland left the city of Farmington on Nov. 18, after 13 years in that post. Roland started her new job as finance director for the city of Cottage Grove Nov. 30.