The Cloquet City Council appears to have settled on a new city administrator following a second interview with Tim Peterson of Moose Lake.

A question-and-answer session between Peterson and the council Tuesday, Nov. 19, ended with a decision to enter contract negotiations, according to interim City Administrator James Barclay.

Peterson — the only local candidate interviewed by the city — has worked as the city administrator of Moose Lake since 2016 and also serves as executive director of the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Previously, he worked as a clerk and city accountant for Proctor.

Two other candidates — Thomas Glover of Walla Walla, Wash., and Alan Lanning of Cordova, Alaska — were interviewed remotely but not offered second interviews.

Barclay has served in an interim capacity since former City Administrator Aaron Reeves left in September to take a similar position in Hudson, Wis. Reeves worked in Cloquet for less than two years.