Elk River offers job to administrator finalist

by Joni Astrup
Associate editor
The Elk River City Council has voted to offer the city administrator job to Kevin Lahner.
The unanimous decision came Thursday night, Sept. 8, after the council interviewed Lahner and three other finalists, Calvin Portner, David Minke and James Hurm.
Sharon Klumpp, a consultant with Springsted Inc. who is helping the city with the administrator search, will negotiate with Lahner on salary and other details and report back.
If Lahner declines the position, the council agreed Portner would be the next choice. He is the administrative services director for the city of Plymouth, Minn.
Lahner is a native of Eau Claire, Wis. He has been city administrator in Burlington, Wis. since 2008. Prior to that he was the interim city manager and assistant city manager in Keller, Texas.
He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master of public administration.
Lahner was one of 71 applicants for the position, which opened up when former City Administrator Lori Johnson resigned in June.

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