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WORTHINGTON -- The six candidates for Worthington's vacant city administrator position began a busy two days of activities and interviews Friday. Candidates had lunch with city department heads and were given tours of Worthington before participa...

WORTHINGTON -- The six candidates for Worthington's vacant city administrator position began a busy two days of activities and interviews Friday.

Candidates had lunch with city department heads and were given tours of Worthington before participating in a snacks/coffee period with city council members, staff and community leaders.

All six candidates invited to interview in Worthington for the post accepted, city officials said earlier this month. The city has been working with The Brimeyer Group on administrator recruitment.

The six candidates are:

l Joseph G. Parker, who has been employed as city administrator, finance officer and treasurer in Creston, Iowa, since 1989.

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l Peter Hegeman, who has been employed as city administrator in Spirit Lake, Iowa, since 1978.

l Robert Hauge, the City of Lake Crystal city administrator from 1991 to present.

l Ron Strickland, who most recently worked as city administrator in Cherokee, Iowa, from May 2003 to April 2006.

l William A. Kelley, who was employed as city manager for the City of Fort Madison, Iowa, from 2001 to May.

l Rodney Otterness, who has worked as the city administrator in International Falls since 2004.

Candidates enjoyed a dinner social with city council members Friday night at the Historic Dayton House. Starting at 7:30 a.m. today, the administrator hopefuls will rotate between each council member for one-on-one meetings of approximately 45 minutes each during the morning. Council will conduct group interviews with each candidate during the afternoon, with the entire process expected to wrap by around 3:30 p.m.

It's hoped Worthington's new city administrator will have a start date between October and November. The salary range for the job is between the "eighties and nineties."

Ryan McGaughey arrived in Worthington in April 2001 as sports editor of The Daily Globe, and first joined Forum Communications Co. upon his hiring as a sports reporter at The Dickinson (North Dakota) Press in November 1998. McGaughey became news editor in Worthington in November 2002 and editor in August 2006.
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