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December 13, 2012

2 finalists named in North Mankato administrator search



Harrenstein also had internships with the budget office of the U.S. Interior Department in Washington, D.C., and at the Iowa Legislature. Upon taking the job in Eudora, he told a Lawrence TV station that those other experiences made him want to work in local government.

“I just realized you could make a difference at the local level,” Harrenstein said. “You’re closer to the people in the community. And you can really see the results of your work.”

Eudora — a town of 6,200 near Lawrence (the home of the University of Kansas) — has doubled its population since 1990.

And it’s undergoing changes.

Both its police chief and its fire chief, who were hired during Harrenstein’s tenure, resigned within a week of one another this summer. And voters decided on Nov. 6 to change the city’s system of government to a council-city manager system, which puts council members in charge of picking a mayor from among themselves.

Elke Doom

Doom has a master’s degree in public administration from Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich., according to the Monroe (Michigan) News, and completed a certified public manager program at Saginaw Valley State University. She was also chosen to participate in a public leadership program at Harvard University.

Doom is coming off a four-year term as a Huron Township supervisor, an elected partisan office under Michigan’s system of township management.

“When elected in 2008, I faced the challenge of a reduction in tax base and decreased revenue sharing as I worked to provide a balanced budget while keeping our services high,” Doom stated in announcing in April her re-election bid. “Through numerous cost-saving strategies, the township is in a financially strong position.”

She fell to a fellow Democrat in an August primary election 506-567.

Along with her township role, Doom has worked as an assessor for a Michigan County.

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