City interviews MCS director candidates

Selection committee to offer position to Carrier

MARSHALL – The search for a new director for Marshall Community Services took another step forward on Thursday, as a selection committee interviewed finalist candidates for MCS director. Local residents were able to meet finalist candidates Jenny Carrier, Tracy Deutz, Chad Eischens and Troy Gregory during an open-house event at the Marshall-Lyon County Library.

“This is kind of an informal chance to meet and greet” the candidates, as well as to ask them questions, Marshall Mayor Bob Byrnes said at the start of the open house.

Thursday evening, the selection committee met to discuss the finalists and select a candidate to offer the MCS director position. After discussion, the committee decided to offer the job to Jenny Carrier, said Interim City Administrator Sheila Dubs.

Carrier is currently the community education director for Kasson-Mantorville Public Schools, in southeastern Minnesota. Carrier has been with the school district since 2013, and she received a director of communication licensure from Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 2014.

In response to questions from community members at the open house, Carrier said collaboration and communication were two important factors in her job. In her time at Kasson-Mantorville, Carrier said she coordinated early childhood educational programs, and helped start a child care program for preschool-aged children, after finding a need for it in the community.

All of the candidates interviewed Thursday were from Minnesota. Tracy Deutz is from Ghent, and has a background in business, including several years of work as an analyst at Rycan Technologies in Marshall. She received a master’s degree in education from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2010.

Chad Eischens is currently the activities and recreation director for Belle Plaine Public Schools. Prior to that, he had experience as activities director at New Ulm High School, and as athletic director at the International School of Minnesota. Eischens received K-12 principal and community education licensure in 2009, from Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Troy Gregory is currently the community education director and testing coordinator for Pine River-Backus Schools, as well as a city council member for the city of Pine River. Gregory received a master’s degree in business administration from New Mexico State University in 2003.

The community services director position is one of three city leadership positions Marshall has been working to fill this summer. Current MCS Director Harry Weilage will be retiring this summer after more than 30 years of service to the city. The city has also conducted interviews for a new finance director, and earlier this week announced finalist candidates for the position of city administrator.