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December 13, 2012

2 finalists named in North Mankato administrator search

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NORTH MANKATO —

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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