MASON CITY | This past week, the Globe Gazette took a closer look at the five finalists for Mason City's city administrator vacancy.

The five chosen by the city, and a search firm led by Story City Administrator Mark Jackson and Brent Hinson — a former city administrator in Garner who now works in Washington — boast a significant amount of accomplishments at their prior jobs, ranging from downtown development projects to better management of the public's money. They also all have more than two decades in the city management experience, and master's degrees from various universities related to their fields.

Four of the five, however, have also resigned or been fired from previous positions. The other candidate now works in Garner, where Hinson — one of the key players in helping Mason City narrow the candidates — used to be in his position.

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