Sibley Elementary School was briefly locked down this morning when a staff member confronted a man who had a weapon on his person. Protocols were put in place quickly and Northfield police responded to the school immediately. They quickly determined that it was a police officer from another jurisdiction dropping of his child for school. Police Chief Monte Nelson said no one was ever in any danger. The officer never entered the school.
4 men and 1 woman make the short list for City Admin
Thirty-one people applied for the Northfield City Administrator position. Consultant Gary Weiers whittled that number down to twelve and then Council selected 5 candidates for interviews. Mayor Graham said Council will interview candidates individually and as a whole over 2 days, February 3rd and 4th. There will also be a community Meet & Greet. Applicants will meet with staff for their feedback. Council discussed whether to pay for a psychological evaluation at a cost of about $1,000 per candidate and additional work simulations but chose instead to direct Weiers to put together scenarios to test the candidates. There are 4 men and 1 woman among those chosen: They are listed in no particular order. Also listed is their current position. Click below for their resume
Noah Schuchman – Interim Director at the Dept. of Regulatory Services for Minneapolis
Alene Tchourumoff – Public Works Director for the Planning Dept. in Hennepin County
Matt Hylen – President of Public Sector Professionals, LLC and former City Administrator for St. Francis
Joel West – Village Administrator for Osceola, WI
Ben Martig – City Administrator for Marshall
Council also approved David Ludescher as Mayor Pro Tem.
Youth delegates to National Conference present report to Council
Two Northfield High School students were selected to attend the National League of Cities World conference in November. Council approved expenditures to send Jack Beaumaster and Noah Bemonte Grevus who reported back to Council this week saying they were honored to attend and they took a lot away from the experience. The boys also had a chance to meet Vice President Joe Biden which they thought was “awesome”. They were even able to speak with him for a few moments. There were several sessions for the pair to attend along with other youth delegates from around the country that included speaking with young elected leaders, a mock presidential caucus and how to engage their peers. They added that they believe Council should definitely send delegates and suggested they send more than two. They suggested an application process to select seniors and juniors, allowing them an extra year to implement some of the things they learn. They wrapped it up with asking the Council to consider sending youth delegates to the National League’s Congressional conference in Washington, DC in March.
Townships looking for candidates
Some area Townships are taking applications now through January 12th for positions with terms ending. Two Supervisor positions are expiring in Castle Rock currently held by Russ Zellmer and David Nicolai. Randolph will be looking for a Supervisor, the position now held by Steve Dungy and Sciota Township Supervisor Renee Otte’s term expires as well. All the terms are for 3 years. Elections for Townships take place March 8th.
Call Clerk Brenda Taylor at 263-2900 in Randolph
Call 507-645-8195 in Sciota
Contact Clerk Barbara Long at 651-460-2221 to apply in Castle Rock
Open House on EMS classes tonight
If you have interest in a career in Emergency Services or just want to learn more about classes offered by Northfield EMS, there’s an Open House tonight at the EMS Station on Riverview Lane beginning at 7 o’clock. Director Tex Edwards talked about it with Jeff Johnson this morning. The interview is on kymnradio.net.
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