TRACY - After holding a second round of job interviews for city administrator, members of the Tracy City Council have selected a candidate to offer the job. On Tuesday, Tracy Mayor Tony Peterson said council members decided to offer the city administrator position to Michael Votca of Mankato. Peterson said Votca has accepted the offer.
The Tracy city administrator's position has been vacant since April, after former administrator Roger Gorius resigned to take a position with the city of Tomah, Wis.
On Monday night, members of the Tracy Council interviewed four candidates for city administrator, including Votca - Adrian Welle of Pierz, Andrew Bremseth of Fergus Falls and Barbara Hoyhtya of Hector. A fifth candidate, Mark Baker of Holstein, Iowa, had already been interviewed by the council.
Votca is currently an intern with the city of Mankato, but he had a wide variety of leadership and engineering experience serving in the U.S. Army from 1999 to 2012. During his military career, Votca held the positions of personnel officer, company commander, regimental engineer, brigade engineer and engineer operations officer. At different times his duties included planning troop construction projects in Mosul, Iraq, coordinating combat missions to remove improvised explosive devices in Baghdad and helping to plan construction for an Army garrison in Hawaii.
During Monday's interview, Votca said he became interested in public administration while he was pursuing a master's degree in public policy administration. Many of the instructors were city administrators and were committed to helping their communities. Votca said he liked working in jobs where, "I can help make a difference in people's lives."
As an intern for the city of Mankato, Votca said he's had the chance to work with municipal departments, including public safety and public works.
Votca told council members that his long-term goals include spending enough time in a community like Tracy to become proficient in the skills needed to be an administrator.
"I think I can be committed" to the job, he said. If selected, Votca said, he would also like to start out by taking a "listening role" and learn more about city operations and concerns.
After interviewing the candidates Monday night, council members went into a closed session to discuss selecting a candidate. Peterson said Tuesday that the council decided to offer the position to Votca, and that Votca accepted the offer. The council's goal is to have Votca take office as soon as possible, Peterson said.