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City Administrator Finalist Selected

For Immediate Release:
P R E S S   R E L E A S E
October 21, 2020

Paynesville City Administrator/Economic Development Director Finalist

Paynesville – The Paynesville City Council is pleased to announce the finalist selected for the position of City Administrator/Economic Development Director.  After two days of meeting and visiting with the five finalists, a tour of the city, an open forum candidate meet and greet, Economic Development Authority of Paynesville interviews, and city council interviews, the city council selected Tariq Al-Rifai as the top candidate.  A team of Councilmembers Herzberg and Reinke, and Interim Co-administratorRon Mergen were selected to begin the negotiation process with Mr. Al-Rifai.  The results of that process will come to the full city council at a future date.

Tariq is currently the founding member of Quorum Centre for Strategic Studies in London, UK.  He has served in this capacity for approximately four years, and prior to that he served as the Head of Research & Investor Relations for the Kuwait Finance House, Kuwait, for three years. Prior to that, he served in various banking and investment roles for approximately 15 years.  Mr. Al-Rifai holds a Master of International Business Management from DePaul University and has a bachelor’s degree in International Business Finance from St. Cloud State University.