WILLISTON, N.D. - For the last few months, the City of Williston has been searching for a city administrator. The field has been narrowed down to three, and Thursday evening, the three spoke with the community about their plans for the city if elected.
The first is Zeke Jackson from Sister Bay, Wisconsin. Jackson says he's been watching Williston for the last decade since he was an earth science teacher. He transitioned into city management and has worked in several locations.
"I've got a wealth of experience in city management. Having worked for three communities, that gives me a wonderful backdrop of information to step right into the position. And without having to do much research on what it is to be a city manager, I already am one," says Jackson.
Jackson is currently the village administrator for Sister Bay.
The second finalist is Troy Anderson from Salt Lake City, Utah. Anderson is finishing up his Master’s Degree in Public Administration and looking to pair that with 10 years of experience in local government.
"I think what I can bring is, not only some formal education, but a varied background and varied experience having worked in a number of communities of similar size and demographics," says Anderson.
Anderson has spent time all over the western part of the country.
Some Williston residents might recognize the final candidate, David Tuan, the current Public Works Director for the City of Williston. He says he's watched Williston grow since he's been here and wants to give back to the community.
"But also, I have good local knowledge. I've built good relationships with the community, with agencies, with companies, with people who have lived here a number of years, and exercising those relationships and getting people to go to work with us, cooperating within the community is something I'm very strong at," says Tuan.
Tuan has worked in Williston for the last six years. He's a native of Winnipeg.
Friday, all three candidates will have a formal interview. A final decision is expected to come sometime next week.