Rochester has named two finalists for the newly created community development director position.

Frankfort, Ky., City Manager Cindy Steinhauser and San Gabriel, Calif., Planning Manager Tracy Steinkruger are being considered for the position that will lead the city’s planning efforts.

City Administrator Steve Rymer said the person hired will be expected to bring a mix of leadership, collaborative spirit and innovation to the new city department

“It has to be someone who can build a team and motivate a team,” he said, noting Steinhauser and Steinkruger will face official interviews next week.

Plans continue for establishing the new department, which will put the city in charge of current planning efforts, while tapping county resources for long-range planning and other services.

With the finalists chosen, the city is holding a meet-and-greet event from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Rochester Art Center. The event will include a formal introduction of the finalists at 4:15 p.m.

Both finalists offer planning experience.

Steinhauser served in various positions in Dubuque, Iowa, for more than 20 years before her current position in Frankfort. Throughout her career, she has been involved in community planning and visioning with work that has included downtown revitalization projects, transportation enhancement and planning projects, neighborhood planning, and historic preservation.

Steinkruger was a senior planner for Pasadena, Calif., and Burbank, Calif., before taking her position in San Gabriel. She has more than 10 years of service in municipal government, including working on a variety of planning projects, such as the Burbank’s general plan, as well as overseeing specialized planning functions of large-scale new development proposals and environmental studies for San Gabriel.

Rochester city administration has announced it expects to name a community development director who will start by Jan. 2.

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Randy is the Post Bulletin's local government reporter, covering the city of Rochester and Olmsted County, as well as Destination Medical Center efforts. He joined the Post Bulletin staff in 2014.

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