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Breezy Point: Four finalists to interview for city administrator

Four candidates will interview for the position of Breezy Point city administrator later this month.

Twenty-six candidates applied for the job. After narrowing the applicants to the top 10, the city council met with Gary Weiers, of David Drown Associates, on Thursday, Jan. 4, to decide who to bring in for interviews.

Council members agreed on five candidates to interview, but one has since taken a job elsewhere.

The top four candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

• Warren Brown: Brown is the director of human resources/loss prevention/revenue enhancement in Huron County, Ohio, and has been with that county since 2015. He previously worked as township manager for Oakland Charter Township in Rochester and as Sandusky County administrator in Fremont, Ohio. Brown has a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky.

• Jeffrey Pederson: Pederson served as treasurer for the town of Union in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, from 2017-18. He has previous experience as a college professor and in school administration. Pederson has a master's degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska.

• Cynthia Seelhammer: Seelhammer is county manager in Coconino County, Arizona, where she has served since 2013. She has held various interim and deputy city manager jobs, as well as other city administration positions. Seelhammer has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Cloud State University and a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California.

• Patrick Wussow: Wussow was city administrator in Brainerd from 2014-15. He has held various other city and county administrator positions and has experience as a city planner. Wussow has a Bachelor of Science degree in urban studies from Mankato State University.

Candidates will interview with city department heads and the city council Thursday, Jan. 25. Council members agreed to offer each candidate up to $300 plus the cost of a hotel room, with the submission of expenses for the interview.

The city plans to hire a new administrator by the end of February. Current City Administrator Joe Rudberg is set to retire March 15.