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City manager hopefuls to be vetted by committee

PRESCOTT – The first meeting of the Prescott City Manager Selection Committee is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12.

The City of Prescott posted the agenda for the meeting Friday, July 8, after Mayor Harry Oberg appointed the six-member committee.

The committee will consist of: Mayor Pro Tem Jim Lamerson, and City Councilmembers Jean Wilcox and Steve Blair; and community members Michael Gjede, Julie Ruttle, and John Baudek.

The July 12 meeting, which will occur mostly in closed-door executive session, includes: presentation of candidate materials; and role and function of the committee.

On July 5, Prescott Human Resources Director Mary Jacobsen reported to the City Council that her department had narrowed the field of 58 applicants down to 20 of the most qualified candidates.

The committee is expected to further narrow down the field to 10 semi-finalists, who would then be interviewed via Skype.

That field will then be narrowed down to three or four finalists, who would be invited to Prescott for face-to-face interviews.

A news release from the city states that the role of the committee is to “review candidate application and resume information, evaluate applicants based on job criteria, interview applicants remotely, and provide to the entire council a recommendation of three to four candidates to proceed as finalists in the interview process for the city manager position.”

The search is being conducted to replace current City Manager Craig McConnell, who resigned May 13, effective July 12. The council later agreed that McConnell should stay on throughout the search and transition to a new city manager.

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