Mountain View Voice

News - May 6, 2011

City closer to hiring a new manager

Council to interview eight candidates Friday; may make decision next week

by Daniel DeBolt

The city has received 76 applications from people looking to fill the city's top job. With interviews beginning Friday, a new city manager could be selected as early as next week

Council members have gone through all 76 resumes to narrow the candidates down to eight to be interviewed on Friday. It will be an all-day meeting that will be closed to the public, said Mayor Jac Siegel.

The top three selected on Friday will be interviewed all day on Tuesday, first by city department heads in the morning, then by the council again in the afternoon. During lunch, the council will hear the pros and cons of the finalists from the perspective of city department heads.

"In the afternoon we will meet with them individually and hopefully we can all agree on who is the best candidate," Siegel said. "If we are not happy with the candidates we have we will go out again," to seek applicants, or take another look at the others who applied.

The meetings will all be closed to the public in order to respect each candidate's privacy. Many may not want their current employers to know they are looking for a new job, Siegel said.

On paper the candidates appear to be impressive. "Some are very highly experienced, very highly qualified," Siegel said.

None of the candidates are city of Mountain View employees.

Siegel said the top eight candidates are primarily men, as was the entire pool, and all but two are California residents. Most are from Northern California. They include university administrators, assistant city managers, a finance director and city managers currently employed with other cities, large and small. Siegel said council members were shocked to see some of the names on the list.

The council may announce that a selection has been made Tuesday, but the person's name will not be released until background checks and negotiations over compensation are complete, Siegel said. The council may make a compensation offer to the selected candidate on Tuesday.

"If we do come to a decision by next week, we could have somebody on board by July," Siegel said.

E-mail Daniel DeBolt at ddebolt@mv-voice.com

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