PUC won’t hire recruiter for director search

NEW ULM — Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has decided not to appoint a recruiting service to search for a new Utilities Director.

During a special PUC meeting Friday, Commissioner Sean Fingland said it was the recommendation of the Personnel Committee to look at internal candidates and existing candidates from previously submitted applications, rather than use a recruiting firm. Fingland made a motion to this effect, with a second from Commissioner Shannon Hillesheim. The motion was unanimously approved.

The utilities director position became vacant after Rod Marshall was let go during a special meeting of the PUC, Friday, Feb. 15.

During the Feb. 27 PUC meeting, the commission voted to appoint Assistant Finance Director-Utilities Kris Manderfeld as the interim utilities director until a permanent replacement could be found.

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