Kristina Handt, former village administrator of Luck, Wisc., will be Scandia’s city administrator.
Handt will start work on Monday, Sept. 17.
At their Tuesday, Aug. 28 work session the council voted to hire Handt at a salary of $70,000 per year.
Current Administrator Anne Hurlburt will retire the first week of October.
“I like the rural feel of the community, but close to the cities,” Handt said. “You get the best of both worlds.”
Handt has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, training from the Minnesota Paralegal Institute, and a master’s degree in advocacy and political leadership from the University of Minnesota.
She held the Luck job from September 2008 to July 2012, supervising nine full-time and 33 part-time employees.
At Luck, Handt said, there are only 11 miles of road to care for, compared to 90 miles in Scandia. Funding for roads doubled while she was the village administrator, including grants.
She has experience with city septic systems. In Luck, she said, one system serves most of the village, but there are others around the lake, installed to improve lake quality.
Before working in Luck, Handt was a legislative assistant for MN State Sen. Gary Kubly for four years.
She had internships at the city of Minnestrista in 2007 and Grassroots Solutions, a consulting firm, in 2006.
In 2002 and 2003 she worked for Kohl’s Department Stores, as a personnel/operations area supervisor and then as a district auditor.
In 1999 and 2000 she interned for U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar and State Sen. Steve Murphy.