Crow Wing County narrowed the field of candidates being considering for the top post in community services to two finalists.
The two finalists for the community services director post will be interviewed by Crow Wing County Board on Tuesday. More than 60 applicants were received for the vacancy. Mark Liedl, county land services director, is serving as interim community services director.
The selection committee was comprised of Commissioners Rosemary Franzen and Rachel Nystrom, Administrator Tim Houle, Auditor-Treasurer Laureen Borden, Liedl and Human Resource Director Tamra Laska. The county reported there was a mix of internal and external candidates for consideration. The selection committee narrowed the list to the two finalists.
Larry Laudon of Bagley and Kara Terry of Champlin were invited to interview for the position. Laudon has a background in health care management, having served as the chief executive officer for Clearwater Health Services and vice president of Physicians Services for Riverview Healthcare. Laudon earned his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and attended the University of Minnesota Masters in Healthcare Administration program.
Terry worked in a variety of leadership positions within Hennepin County’s Human Service and Public Health Departments, most recently serving as the manager of the central planning unit. Terry has a bachelor of science degree in business management and a master’s degree in business administration.