MOORHEAD — The city manager here is a finalist for a position in Sherburne County, Minnesota.
Chris Volkers started as Moorhead's city manager in late January 2017. Now, after two and a half years on the job, she's been named one of five finalists for the Sherburne County administrator in Elk River, Minn., about 40 miles southeast of St. Cloud.
Volkers, 55, told The Forum she applied for the position because it's a great long-term opportunity. "The good county administrator jobs toward the (Twin) Cities are hard to come by and don't come up often," she said.
With her son living in the Twin Cities and soon to be married and starting a family, she said she wants to be closer. But she said she's not applying anywhere else.
"It's a good opportunity, but I'm happy in Moorhead, too," she said.
Tim Dolan, chair of the Sherburne County Board, said the finalists were announced at a meeting Wednesday, May 29.
"There's a pretty good pool to choose from," Dolan said. "Right now the five finalists are going through a personality assessment that will span over the next two weeks."
The board will review those personality reports June 19, Dolan said, before candidate interviews June 25 and 26, when the county board will likely make its decision. Sherburne County hopes to have a new administrator by early August.
The Sherburne County job was posted April 10 and closed May 8. The starting salary range is $128,731 to $180,211.
Volkers' starting salary in Moorhead was $153,000. After a positive performance review in March 2018, the City Council approved a $7,500 raise.
She said she informed the council and department heads last week that she was a finalist in Sherburne County.
"Sherburne County is growing, and there's a lot of economic development, which is what we're doing here," she said. "There's a lot going on in Moorhead, and things are great and I want to finish some of the things we started."
Volkers added that she is "only one of five finalists, so there's a 20% chance" she gets the offer. "There's a lot of steps before it's all done so I may very well be staying," she said.
Volkers previously worked in southern California as a court executive officer for San Bernardino Superior Court. But she left that job Dec. 31, 2016.
Her other work experience includes court administrator in Stillwater, Minn., from 2000 to 2009; senior administrative manager in Hennepin County, 4th Judicial District Court in Minneapolis, from 1996 to 2000; and accounting and administration manager in Ramsey County, 4th Judicial District Court in St. Paul, from 1988 to 1996.