Minot's city finance director, a former Dickinson city administer, a Minot native who was head of a utility company and a long-time public administrator remain in the running to become Minot's next city manager.
The committee of council members and community representatives that has been reviewing applicants will hold screening interviews with the candidates this week. Out-of-state candidates will be interviewed over Skype. The committee will select finalists for in-person interviews later this month. All four potentially could become finalists.
Cindy Hemphill, finance director for the city for the past seven years, is among the top candidates from an initial field of 36 applicants.
Hemphill is a graduate of Minot State University and had served as an adjunct professor there for two years. A certified public accountant with a master's degree in management, she previously worked as lead auditor on a U.S. Department of Defense contract in Arizona and for the U.S. Department of Energy in Las Vegas. She joined the City of Minot in 2006 as finance director.
She has been in a key position with the city in its flood recovery efforts and currently oversees a 13-member staff.
Other remaining candidates are:
-Greg Sund of Hays, Kan., Dickinson city administrator from 1996 to 2008 and county administrator in Ellis County, Kan., since 2010.
- Kevin Degenstein of Great Falls, Mont., a Minot native and a licensed professional engineer who most recently served as president and chief operating officer for Energy West Inc. and Gas Natural Inc.
- Michael Stampfler of Portage, Mich., a government consultant who also recently worked as town manager for West Warwick, R.I.
Sund holds credentials in local government management and has a master's degree in public administration. His previous experience includes serving as city administrator in Spearfish, S.D.; regional director of the South Dakota Small Business Development Center in Pierre, S.D.; finance officer for Platte, S.D.; and special project employee in Rapid City, S.D. He served on the city board in Deadwood, S.D.
Degenstein had been with Energy West from June 2008 to November 2013. He wrote in his application that he left the company rather than relocate to an urban area. He had planned to remain in the regulated natural gas utility business but also believes his skills would be a good fit for Minot.
He previously had been with EN Engineering and Nicor Gas. He received his civil engineering degree from North Dakota State University.
Stampfler has been owner and managing partner of CivicQuest, a consulting agency specializing in government performance improvement, since 2005. He was town manager in West Warwick for a year, ending July 2013.
He also has worked in emergency management and served as city manager in Talladega, Ala., Casselberry, Fla., and Portage, Mich. He is a former airport director, city clerk and administrative assistant to the city manager in Kalamazoo, Mich. He holds master's degrees in international studies and public administration.