Council narrows search for city administrator

The search for a city administrator advanced last week when the city council chose four applicants to interview from a list of 10.

Interim city administrator Jerry Bohnsack said the council met on Tuesday, Oct. 1 to review the 10 applicants from the search firm Springsted, the company the city hired to facilitate the hiring process of the position. Bohnsack said Springsted had received 31 applications for the position that was vacated by Steve Helget who left to work for Norwood Young American on August 16.

Of the 31 applications, Springsted narrowed the list to 10 that the council reviewed last week. The council didn’t discuss names at the meeting until the candidates were formally notified by Springsted that they had made it through to the interview round.

Mayor Jean Keogh explained why the city hired Springsted.

“Contracting with an executive search firm such as Springsted ensures that the City is able to fast-track the process – they are experts who assure that we comply with all the hiring laws.  Their method of outreach and knowledge of professionals already working in this field greatly increases the number of  well-qualified candidates to select from,” she said. “They rate the applications and handle the screening process. This guarantees a fair and impartial process, especially in the event that there are one or more local persons in the running. Springsted provides extensive background and reference checks of the top candidates, which ensures that Council hires the best possible candidate for the people of Montgomery.”

Originally the council had reviewed four candidates, however one withdrew their résumé from the four considered.

Another candidate may be added to the three mentioned above, however, as of Friday, Oct. 4, the three candidates that the council will interview on October 23 and 24 are:


Abraham Algadi

Algadi is the manager of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation. Prior, Algadi was the city administrator of Pine Island from March 2006, to January 2013. Also during that time, he served as the executive director of the Pine Island Economic Development Authority from 1992 to 2007.

Other positions included Director of Planning for the City of Lauderhill, Fla., Ubran Planner for City of Opa-Locka, Fla. and Cartographer for Attorney Title Service in Miami.


Brian Heck

Heck is currently the Municipal Management Consultant in Plymouth. Prior to that position, Heck was the interim city administrator for the City of Thief River Falls and City of Wells. He served in that position for the City of Shorewood from 2008 to 2012, and for Lauderdale from 2005 to 2008.



Jerome Illg

Since 2003, Jerome Illg has been the city administrator for the City of Harmony. Before that position, Illg was an accountant for the City of Brooklyn Park and a staff accountant for Border Foods in Golden Valley.