Front runner emerges for parks director job

One candidate has emerged from the pack in Elk River’s search for a new parks and recreation director.
There were 113 applicants for the position. Five were interviewed by a city committee, which found one to be the best candidate by far.
“There was no close second. This individual is by far the best,” said Mayor John Dietz, who served on the interview committee. The plan was for the committee to recommend two finalists to be interviewed by the city council, but now the council will interview just the one.
The interview is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, at Elk River City Hall.
The interview committee consisted of several Elk River city officials and St. Louis Park Parks and Recreation Director Cindy Walsh and Ramsey Park Supervisor Mark Riverblood.
The Elk River parks and recreation director position has been vacant since Bill Maertz left in June.

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