Four candidates for the open city administrator position meet with the community at a special reception held Tuesday at Dickinson Public Library.
Bill McCabe was born and raised in Dickinson.
McCabe completed his undergraduate degree at Dickinson State University, and attended graduate school at University of North Dakota, which he did not complete, he said, instead going straight into city administration in Minnesota.
Over the past 29 years, he's served in three cities. For the past 13 years, he's been the city administrator for St. Augusta, a suburb of St. Cloud.
McCabe hopes this will be the next step in his professional life.
"And it's home," he said. "Dickinson is bigger and better than when I was here. I look forward to, with the right outcome this week, coming back to help shape that future."
McCabe is also currently a finalist for a city administrator position in Marshall, Minn.
Daniel Wietecha has been in city management for 19 years.
He has a master's degree from University of Minnesota, and worked in Southern Minnesota in three communities at once: Nicollet, Courtland and LaFayette.
"I traveled with a laptop and a cell phone between the three of them," he said.
From there, he served in Evansville, Wis., and for the last four and a half years has served as superintendent of Bath, Mich., a suburb of Lansing.
Wietecha said he's impressed by Dickinson.
"I really like not just the recent past growth, but what that means for the community going forward," he said. "It really has a strong future. That's just very appealing for me, that there's a chance to have an impact on the community that has such a strong purpose to it."
Joseph Gaa is currently city manager for Chariton City, Iowa.
Gaa has a bachelor's degree in public administration and master's degree in recreation management from Northwest Missouri State University.
He served as parks administrator for Sebastian County, Arkansas, and served as the city administrator for Woodbine, Iowa.
Both Woodbine and Chariton City have populations of roughly 4,500.
"In both of those we did a lot of downtown re-developments and housing developments," Gaa said. "We had housing shortages there, as well as infrastructure problems most small towns have."
Gaa, too, said he is impressed by the Dickinson community and its growth.
"It's got a lot of great opportunities," he said. "It's been moving forward and keeps going that way. I'm looking for the town that's going to keep me busy for several years and this appears to be a good opportunity."
David Frasher has been a city manager for 21 years.
Frasher entered public service 35 years ago as a police officer in Independence, Mo. After, he became a homicide detective in Kansas City, Mo. He then attended law school at Washington University in St. Louis, and opened a law firm in Anchorage, Alaska.
He returned to his hometown of Kansas City to become city manager, working in other cities, including 10 years in Oregon.
He recently was city manager of Hot Springs, Ark.
"A lot of the challenges Dickinson faces are things I've been successful with in the past in my career," he said. "City administrators, we don't do this job for the money. We do it because we want to make a difference."
Frasher's resignation in Hot Springs was requested by its city council after a "race-tinged" confrontation with a black neighbor who was a school superintendent, the Arkansas Times reported.
Oregon City commissioners in 2015 voted to dismiss Frasher following complaints of racially biased remarks, the Clackamas Review reported.
The candidate finalists will meet with separate panels today, interviewing with community, commission and executive panels, Linda Carlson, interim city administrator, said.
A new administrator, Carlson said, should be appointed by the end of October.
The city has been working with Baenzinger & Associates of Dayton Beach, Florida since May to fill the position.