County offers opportunity to meet final candidates for county administrator October 3

Early in the county’s process of hiring a county administrator, there were 39 interested applicants. On Friday, Sept. 13, the board of commissioners interviewed six semi-finalists. Each candidate was interviewed for one hour, and after a discussion the county board selected two finalists:  Mike Roth, Grand Marais city administrator, and Jay Kieft, executive director of human services for Wright County in Buffalo, Minnesota.  
County Board Chair Janice Hall said, “We were pleased with our pool of applicants and we had six very qualified semi-finalists.”

The two candidates for the recently-created county administer position will be meeting with Cook County department heads this week. The department heads will be writing down their impressions of the applicants to share with the county board.

The county is hosting an opportunity for the public to meet the two final applicants at a “Meet and Greet” at East Bay Suites Stone’s Throw Room on Wednesday, October 2 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. 

The final interviews—and possibly a decision will be on October 3.