City names finalists for City Manager position

City of New Ulm

City Manager Finalists

Christopher Dalton has been employed with the City of New Ulm since April of 2018. He began his career at the City as the Assistant City Manager/Economic Development Director and has served in the role of Acting City Manager since November of 2018. Prior to joining the City of New Ulm, Mr. Dalton worked for the City of Santa Ana, California, for nearly 12 years as an Economic Development Aide, Economic Development Specialist I, Enterprise Zone Manager, and a Neighborhood Initiatives Project Specialist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.

Sam Hansen currently serves as the City Manager for the City of St. James, Minnesota, where he has been employed for over two years. Prior to that, he served as the City Administrator for the City of Sherburn, Minnesota for nearly four years. Mr. Hansen has a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement, with a minor in Psychology, and a master’s degree in Public Administration.

Timothy Ibisch has served as the City Administrator for the City of Blue Earth, Minnesota, since October of 2014. Prior to that, he was a Mineman in the US Navy for four years. He has also served as a Coordinator for the US Census Bureau and a Clerk/Administrator for the City of Tyler, Minnesota. Mr. Ibisch holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography and a master’s degree in Urban & Regional Studies.

Erin Reinders has been employed with the City of Unalaska, Alaska, for over seven years. She started her employment there as the Director of Planning and currently serves as the Assistant City Manager. Prior to joining the City of Unalaska, Ms. Reinders worked for the City of Franklin, Tennessee, for nearly nine years as a City Planner, Principal Planner, and a Long Range Planning Supervisor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, with a minor in Anthropology, and a master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Public Policy.

Dan Wietecha currently serves as the Township Superintendent for Bath Charter Township, Michigan, where he has been in the role since April of 2014. Prior to that, he served as a City Administrator for the City of Evansville, Wisconsin, and a Tri-City Administrator for the Nicollet County Tri-City Joint Powers Board. Mr. Wietecha holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.

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