North St. Paul re-interviews one finalist for city manager

After just a few special city council work sessions with department heads, North St. Paul appears to have chosen its prime city manager candidate from a field of five finalists.  

Only one finalist is scheduled for a last interview with the council Wednesday. As of 3 p.m. Friday, city staff had not responded to the Review's request for the candidate's name.

The city has been searching for a new city manager since June, when long-time city manager Wally Wysopal resigned to take the city manager position in Fridley. Director of community development Nate Ehalt was appointed as the interim city manager after Wysopal’s departure June 8.

Five candidates were interviewed June 29 and 30 in special city council work sessions that also functioned as informal “meet-and-greets” with department heads. They were:

• Joel Dhein, Mora city administrator
• Nate Ehalt, North St. Paul director of community development and interim city manager
• Noah Schuchman, Minneapolis director of licensing, environmental management and animal control
• Kim Moore-Sykes, former St. Anthony Village assistant city manager
• Jason Ziemer, Maple Plain city administrator

Ziemer was also a finalist for the West St. Paul city manager position; West St. Paul announced Thursday afternoon it had chosen another applicant.

After further discussions July 8 and 9, the city decided to invite one candidate back for a final interview .

That will take place on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 p.m. in city council chambers at City Hall. The interview is open to the public.

-- Johanna Holub

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