Corcoran hires new city administrator


Brad Martens currently serves as Winsted administrator

The Corcoran City Council narrowed a field of more than 70 applicants down to one and hired Winsted City Administrator Brad Martens for the same position in Corcoran.

The council recently had a special meeting on a Saturday, where it conducted final interviews. Up to that point, the candidates weren’t publicly identified. Council members, staff department heads and the planning commission chairperson each interviewed the six remaining candidates and ultimately selected Martens. Martens has since signed an employment contract.

Mayor Ken Guenthner said Martens’ first full day on the Corcoran job will be Wednesday, July 10.

“I’m very confident that (Martens) will get off to a great start,” Guenthner said. He said all six final candidates had “great technical qualifications and experience in the areas we identified. A lot of experience with managing, developing public infrastructure which is important now that we’re creating utilities.”

The mayor also said Martens has experience with tax increment financing (TIF) funding, which growing cities use as a way to finance utility infrastructure.

Consultant Richard Fursman was hired to lead the administrator search.

“Fursman said that every once in a while someone steps forward and takes the job, and that’s the feeling we had with (Martens),” Guenthner said. “He just really kind of sees the job. He has a farming background, and grew up on dairy background. That was a real positive note, in combination with technological and managerial skills, he would have real understanding of both sides of Corcoran community — the family farm plus new development.”

The mayor said Martens commutes from his family home in Coon Rapids to Winsted, which is located in McCleod County and is about 15 to 20 miles directly west of Lake Minnetonka.

“I think the council would agree unanimously that we really got a strong hire that we’re really enthused about,” Guenthner. “And (Martens) sounds very excited.”


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