Three finalists named for Burnsville city manager

Three finalists have been named in the search for a new Burnsville city manager to replace Craig Ebeling, who is retiring.

Finalists include Heather Johnston, Burnsville’s director of administrative services and chief financial officer. Johnston came to Burnsville in October 2011 from Minneapolis, where she directed the city’s Management and Budget Division and later served as interim chief financial officer.

The other two are Mark McNeill and Walter Wysopal. McNeill has been Shakopee’s city manager since July 1996. He was city administrator in Savage from 1983 to 1994.

Wysopal has been North St. Paul’s city manager since 1998.

Burnsville attracted 32 candidates. Executive search firm Springsted Inc., hired by the City Council for its city manager recruitment, helped narrow the pool to five finalists.

The council then appointed a panel of five city staff members and two community members to interview those candidates and narrow the list to three for council consideration. The two community members were Beth Krehbiel, president of Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, and Greg Miller, CEO and president of Dakota Electric, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz said.

The council will interview the three finalists on Tuesday, April 2.

Ebeling’s last day is Friday, March 29. Public Works Director Steve Albrecht has been named interim city manager until Ebeling’s replacement is hired.