The candidate chosen by a search committee for the city manager position for Minot, N.D., has turned down the position, according to a news release Friday from the city of Minot.

The statement also said the two other finalists — including Ellis County Administrator Greg Sund — already had been eliminated, and the search committee decided to start the process over again.

Cindy Hemphill, finance director for the city of Minot, was the unanimous pick of the search committee. She, however, declined to accept, citing in the release she could “best serve the citizens of Minot in my current position as City Finance Director.”

Minot city manager David Waind is retiring at the end of March.

Sund’s daughter and her family moved to Minot during the summer.

Sund also is a finalist for the city manager position for a city in Oregon, according to published reports.

The Hood River (Ore.) News reported Wednesday that Sund, one of four finalists for the city manager position for Hood River, Ore., was scheduled to meet the public in a reception that evening.

Sund and the other three finalists also were scheduled to be part of three interviews with panels, including city council members, local agency officials and citizens Thursday, according to KIHR-FM Radio. The radio station also reported on its website there had been five finalists, but one dropped out after accepting another position.

Sund has been county administrator for Ellis County since the position was created in 2010. He declined comment.