Two apply on deadline day; council hopes to select interviewees Oct. 14.

A couple hours before the deadline to apply, two more applicants seeking to be the City of Crookston's new administrator turned in their necessary paperwork Monday afternoon, bringing the total pool of candidates to 10.

Asked by the Times if any of the applicants are local, Interim City Administrator Pat Kelly said Tuesday that he'd prefer to not release any information on the applicants until city council members and other officials involved in the search process select the ones they want to interview.

Kelly will now be leading the effort to put all of the applicants' information together for council members to digest and rank over the next couple of weeks or so. Then, at a council Ways & Means Committee meeting on Monday, Oct. 14, the hope is that a discussion among council members will result in an approved list of interviewees, who would likely be brought to Crookston over two days on a weekend in early November for a public reception, interviews and community tours.

The council this past summer terminated the contract of Tony Chladek as city administrator, who had been city administrator since February 2012.

The search and hiring process that resulted in Chladek's selection was led by search consultant Richard Fursman of the firm Brimeyer Fursman. That recruitment and search effort resulted in 44 applicants, from which five were brought to Crookston for interviews. Chladek had been unemployed for almost a year before being hired in Crookston. He had previously been administrator in Merrill, Wis. before resigning after an unfavorable performance review.

This time around, council members and city officials decided to forego the consultant route in favor of conducting the search and hiring process themselves.

The goal is to have a new administrator in place in January 2014.