Park Board has superintendent options

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has received 25 applications for the superintendent's job.

Mary Page, the Board's human resources director and lead staff on the search, said the Board would work with consultants to decide on six to eight finalists by Wednesday, Nov. 10. The list would become public as soon as the Board contacts finalists and they say they are still interested in the job.

The Board plans to interview finalists Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, followed by public comments on candidates Dec. 1, she said. The format for public input is not yet determined.

Page discussed the search timeline at the Oct. 20 Board meeting.

This is the Park Board's second superintendent search in as many years. Last year, the Board's search fell apart as the top two candidates withdrew. The Park Board hired current Superintendent Jon Gurban to a one-year contract, even though he had not applied for the job, on a contentious 5-4 vote.

Gurban has taken a hands-off approach to the search process because he is a potential candidate, Page said. Gurban was on vacation and did not attend the Oct. 20 Board meeting.