PLATTSMOUTH – After interviewing four candidates from among 20 applications, Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert will recommend Neil D. Froderman of Minnesota as the city’s new public works director at the Jan. 7 council meeting.
Lambert noted in a memorandum sent Jan. 4 to the council that applications for the position came from as far as North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and other states including Nebraska.
Lambert: “City Administrator Erv Portis and I reviewed all the received applications. City Engineer Steve Perry reviewed and provided input on those who were seriously considered.”
Froderman is leaving a five-year position in Fulda, Minn. Fulda is a somewhat less populated community than Plattsmouth with a smaller water and wastewater system. In Fulda, he was water and wastewater superintendent; oversaw streets, buildings and grounds; prepared budget and maintenance for the Public Works Department including purchasing; regularly interacted with city council on public works related activities; and provided monthly and annual compliance reporting with state regulatory agencies.
He holds a Minnesota Class D Wastewater License, Minnesota Class C and Class D Potable Water license, Minnesota ATV Operator license and Minnesota Wildland Firefighting 1 and 2 certifications.
Before working in Fulda, he worked for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in Dundee, Minn.
He attended Heron Lake Okabena Lakefield High School in Minnesota and Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
Lambert: “He is a licensed water and wastewater operator in Minnesota. Mr. Portis has verified that Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality regulations allow licensing reciprocity and we have initiated that process for Mr. Froderman.”
Lambert explained he conducted two interviews with Froderman.
Lambert: “I am most comfortable with Mr. Froderman human qualities. He communicates very well, expresses and shows concern for employees in a teaching capacity. His references, particularly a city council member with public works oversight, spoke quite highly of him.”
Froderman accepted the conditional offer of employment and is prepared to start work Jan. 18, pending city council confirmation Monday night.
He was originally to start Jan. 21, however, when he learned about the upcoming League of Nebraska Municipalities Public Utilities Conference Jan. 18 , he offered to start sooner so he could attend it.
Froderman is married and he and his wife have three children. He is a lifelong family farmer who has been active in local 4-H groups. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities. He is also a volunteer firefighter.