The City of Sandstone will have a new permanent administrator starting Aug. 1, 2017.
On Sunday, the Sandstone City Council officially offered the position to former City of Aitkin clerk Kathy George. The job becomes official after approval of contract language and a routine background check.
For 10 hours on Friday and Saturday, five finalists were interviewed by the council, city staff, along with a community group. Both the community group and the council gave George high marks.
George is currently the deputy clerk for the City of Lindstrom. George asked for additional time to start her position so she can wrap up her duties at her current job and she is also the chairperson of the Lindstrom town festival, Karl Oskar Days, which is held in mid-July.
Out of all the five candidates, George had the most experience in local government administration, a total of 20 years, in which 12 years she served as clerk in Aitkin, a community which does not have a city administrator position meaning she held the top administrator position.
During her interview with the council, George highlighted the library expansion in Aitkin as one project she worked on, in which she suggested the city first save money for the $750,000 building project, in which she sought a state grant of almost $350,000. The project also had financial support of area townships and private donations.
The project was on track until a new council took over and initially rejected the project in a 3-2 vote. At the next meeting, an estimated 250 people showed up and the council then overturned their decision, and the library project then moved forward.
In 2016, George received her bachelor of arts from Metro States University in leadership management. She was also a member of the Army National Guard from 1983 to 2003.
George told the council she was already looking for a home to buy in the area.