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Cottage Grove administrator a finalist for Eden Prairie job

Cottage Grove's longtime city administrator is a finalist for the city manager position in Eden Prairie.

Ryan Schroeder, the city's administrator since 1997, interviewed with Eden Prairie City Council members on Saturday and was named one of three finalists for the city manager post that evening.

Schroeder said in an interview Monday that the Eden Prairie position presents "exciting opportunities."

"I haven't been looking to move on, but this (job) seemed like it was something that I had to consider," he said.

Eden Prairie, located in the southwest Twin Cities metro, has almost 30,000 more residents than Cottage Grove. In Cottage Grove, Schroeder's annual salary is $116,196; former Eden Prairie City Manager Scott Neal was paid $137,675 per year before leaving to take an equivalent position in Edina last October.

The Eden Prairie finalists will meet with city department heads this week, and next week will take questions from a panel of civic leaders Jan. 19 and the public during an open house on Jan. 20, according to the Eden Prairie city clerk's office.

A hiring decision will follow a second round of city council interviews on Feb. 3.

Schroeder notified Mayor Myron Bailey of his status in the Eden Prairie search on Saturday.

Schroeder said Monday he has not sought any other positions.

"I am continuing to enjoy my position in service to the Cottage Grove community and we have some very exciting projects that will occur here in the next couple of years," he said in a written statement.