North Dakota

Fargo officials release list of finalists for City Assessor position

(Fargo, ND) – According to the City of Fargo, four finalists were selected from a total of 31 applications to nominate a new city manager.

The Four Candidates; Kennith Haskin of Missouri, Pat Oman of Minnesota, James E. Puffalt of Saskatchewan and current interim city manager Michael J. Redlinger will be interviewed live at the Fargo City Commission Chambers on December 16 starting at 7 a.m. Details of the candidates can be found below…

Kenneth Haskin | Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Haskin is the city manager of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Haskin has more than 25 years of “progressive, responsible experience in public administration” and works as a senior administrator. He graduated from Brinkley High School in Arkansas, received a bachelor’s degree in management from Henderson State University and a master’s degree in public administration from Webmaster University. Haskin is also accredited by the International City/County Management Association and is an active member of the Arkansas City Managers Association and an ambassador/board member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Pat Oman | Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

Oman has held various positions in government administration for 20 years. He served as Regional Community/Economic Development Director for the East Central Regional Development Commission and Director of Economic Development for Carlton County, MN. He has held several public administration positions in Moose Lake and Mille Lacs, MN. Oman was appointed County Administrator for Becker County, MN in 2021. Oman holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and history from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, and a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in Manufacturing Systems and Business Administration. He also has graduate-level training in programs such as advanced program management, economic development practices, certification as an economic development finance professional, and training as a public information officer.

James E Puffalt | Elkjaw, Saskatchewan, Canada

Puffalt has 30 years of experience as a City Manager in Canada in various cities; including Dauphin, Manitoba, Estevan, Saskatchewan, North Battleford, Saskatchewan and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He has also served as Chief Policy Advisor, Chief Strategist and Chief Administrative Officer and Coach. According to the synopsis released to WDAY Radio, Puffalt has achieved success in focusing on the city’s core business services while emphasizing corporate culture. The publication also focused on Puffalt’s skills related to service-oriented government, strategic planning, community security, economic development, effective governance, and several other categories. Puffalt has a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Canada West, Vancourver, British Columbia.

Michael J Redlinger | Fargo, North Dakota

Redlinger is the current interim city manager for the City of Fargo, and served as deputy city manager between July 2016 and June 2022. Redlinger previously served as City Manager, Acting City Manager, Deputy City Manager and Assistant City Manager for Moorhead. Minnesota, between 2001 and 2016. He holds a master’s degree in Public, Human Service and Health Administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead, is a member of the International City/County Management Association and has served on several committees for the ICMA. Redlinger was also a board member and treasurer of the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Further details on the candidates can be found here.

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