The Rosemount City Council hired Eric Van Oss to be the new Rosemount economic development coordinator.

The council authorized the hiring of Van Oss for the new administrative position, effective Aug. 5, during its July 16 meeting.

Kim Lindquist, community development director, spoke about the work to create and hire for the coordinator position.

"Earlier this year the City Council directed staff to create a new economic development position and bring the position on board in 2019," Lindquist said.

City staff researched similar positions at other cities and developed a comprehensive job description.

Staff worked with Ann Antonsen of Baker Tilly to evaluate a new job description and assign comparable points to the position. The review included implementing a Hay Job Evaluation System to determine the new position.

Council approved an annual salary range of $70,657 to $88,982.

"As council is aware, a full recruitment occurred and seven talented candidates were interviewed for the position," Lindquist said.

The new position will report to Lindquist in coordination with the city administrator and be responsible for developing and implementing economic development initiatives that include an umbrella of duties that include business retention, expansion and attraction to the city of Rosemount.

The self-motivated position will serve as the city's business liaison.

Van Oss will serve as the public contact to build a continued relationship with existing business owners and managers, developers and real estate brokers. This position will also work with Dakota County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Rosemount Port Authority, City Council, commissions, committees and other economic development agencies.

"For the final interview, three top finalists were brought back and interviewed by two separate panels," Lindquist said.

Van Oss was determined to be the best candidate for the new city economic development coordinator position. He brings extensive knowledge and skills from both the private and public sectors, along with a variety of economic development experiences and a fresh perspective, Lindquist said.