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City Manager Candidates Meet with Community Members

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Three people hoping to become the next city manager in Minot met the public tonight.

The three finalists for the job were involved in a reception at Minot's Grand Hotel.

Harold Stewart the Second is currently city manager in Knoxville, Iowa.

Lee Staab is a former president of a company called Versar International, based in Washington, D-C.

And Justin Rice, was most recently the Installation Inspector General at Minot Air Force Base.

The three say managing the city's growth will be a key issue for them.

(Harold Stewart, II, City Manager Finalist) "Minot has been experiencing a lot of growth lately and that comes with challenges with infrastructure and quality of life services and those types of things. My goal would be to help Minot prioritize those and come up with a plan for how to do that and put that plan into action. But do it in a way that's fiscally responsible that doesn't put the city in a pinch in the future when it comes to finances."

(Justin Rice, City Manager Finalist) "My education has been in management and a lot of the things I studied when I was in college for a bachelors degree and a masters degree are ringing back true. It gives me awareness to what I've been doing in the Air Force applying those but then doing it from a different perspective and gives me that much more awareness that it actually applies to what I've learned and what I have knowledge and experience in."

(Lee Staab, City Manager Finalist) "With looking at the challenges that Minot had recovering from the flood in 2011, with the growth of the community, I've had a lot of experience in both of those areas. I worked for the Army Corps of Engineers for a very long time, I'm familiar with that organization. I'm also familiar with organizations that have grown exponentially - on the same pace as Minot is growing right now."

Tomorrow, the three finalists will go through a series of interviews.

Then, members of the search committee will meet with Mayor Chuck Barney and may make their selection for which candidate they'd like to hire.

This is the second attempt at filling the vacancy at the city manager's office in Minot caused by the retirement of David Waind.


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