Coon Rapids filling two staff positions

There are 18 applications for the vacant Coon Rapids City Attorney job.

Stoney Hiljus, who was city attorney for the past five years, left in April after being appointed by Gov. Mark Dayton to a judgeship in Kanabec County. He is chambered in Mora.

Assistant City Attorney David Brodie has been named interim city attorney by City Manager Matt Fulton until a permanent successor to Hiljus is appointed.

The city attorney’s position was only advertised in Minnesota.

According to Matt Stemwedel, assistant city manager, screening began this week and a first-round of interviews of up to 10 candidates is expected to start next week.

A second-round of interviews of finalists will take place before a new city attorney is named, Stemwedel said.

The process before an offer is made is expected to take at least a month, he said.

Meantime, with longtime City Engineer Doug Vierzba planning to retire in September, the search for a new city engineer is well under way.

When the position was advertised, the city received 14 applications.

Four finalists were taking part in a second round of interviews this week, according to Stemwedel.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]