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Decision near on finance director

The city of Farmington's finance director position has been vacant for nearly two months since Robin Roland left Nov. 18. But that could change any day now.

Farmington city administrator Peter Herlofsky said Monday a final candidate for the post will likely be chosen by the end of this week. With a city council meeting Tuesday - rescheduled from Jan, 18, which is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Herlofsky and human resources specialist Brenda Wendlandt hope to bring a recommendation to the next meeting.

Just who that individual may be and where he or she may be coming from have not been made public yet. There were seven finalists interviewed from an original pool of about 40 applicants.

The minimum requirements for the position included 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.

All things considered, the job search process has taken a relatively short time. The process was held up slightly due to the holidays. Herlofsky said the city was still able to complete the necessary background checks on the candidates in that time.

"We try to make sure the people we hire have some creditable background," he said.

Roland worked for the city of Farmington for 13 years. She left Nov. 18 to accept the finance director position in Cottage Grove. Roland started that job Nov. 30.

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 served as 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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