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City names four finalists in administrator search

The Hastings City Council has selected four finalists for the vacant Hastings city administrator position.

Finalists are Melinda Coleman, Charles Grawe, Catherine Green and Hastings' assistant city administrator, Melanie Mesko Lee.

Coleman is the current city administrator of the City of North Oaks. She has previously held progressively senior positions at the City of Maplewood and Target Corporation, and has a Master of Regional and City Planning from the University of Oklahoma.

Grawe is currently assistant city administrator of the City of Apple Valley and has held progressively senior positions during his time there. He has a Master of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.

Green is currently town manager of the Town of Monument, Colo. She has held progressively senior management positions in the City of Pueblo, Colo. She has a Master of Planning and Community Development from University of Colorado's Graduate School of Architecture and Planning.

Mesko Lee is currently the interim city administrator of the City of Hastings and has held progressively senior management positions here. She has a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Hamline University.

The city administrator position became vacant last month, when Dave Osberg resigned in order to take the same position in the City of Eagan. Osberg's last day was March 22.

On March 25, the Administrative Committee of the Hastings City Council reviewed 29 candidates who had indicated interest in the opening. In reviewing these candidates' paperwork, the Administrative Committee compared individual rankings and found that these four candidates rose consistently toward the top. Well beyond the minimum qualifications, each of these four embodied through their resumes and communication the type of professionalism, commitment to quality city services, and accountability to taxpaying investors.

The council will conduct interviews on April 19, with hopes to approve an agreement with a new city administrator on May 6.