FARGO — A committee of five people has been named to help select the replacement for one of the Cass County courthouse’s longtime leaders — Mike Montplaisir — who is planning to retire Aug. 3.
The finance director not only works on the county budget and handles other financial matters but is also in charge of elections in the county.
It was formerly an elected position when the job title was county auditor.
Applications for the position were open for about two months as county officials extended advertising to seek more candidates.
When applications finally closed last Friday, July 16, there were 13 applicants seeking the job that pays in the range of $100,873 to $151,159.
Applications will be reviewed to assess qualifications and identify finalists.
The committee plans to interview finalists the week of July 26-30 and make a recommendation to the County Commission for final consideration on Aug. 2.
In filling recent department head vacancies, County Administrator Robert Wilson said, the County Commission adopted the practice of appointing a committee to interview finalists and make a recommendation to the board.
Members appointed at the commission’s meeting on Monday, July 19, were Wilson, Commission Chairman Chad Peterson, Commissioner Rick Steen, City of West Fargo Finance Director Jim Larson and Human Resources Director Cindy Stoick.
The meetings of the interview committee will be open to the public.