Council discusses hiring process for new Sanford Center director

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– The Bemidji City Council discussed the hiring process of the new Executive Director of the Sanford Center during the meeting Monday.

Council person Michael Beard of Ward 2 suggested that the council undertake a task force to oversee the hiring process.

Beard and Ward 3 council person Ron Johnson expressed concern over the six directors the Sanford Center’s had over the last nine years.

Beard said that working with the VenuWorks executives in the hiring process would be in the best interest of the council, and then they would have some say on who the next director should be.

Jeff Kossow, the current executive director, is leaving for another position in Washington State at the end of June. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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