Eureka council anticipated to name new city manager; resolution on prayer lawsuit close, mayor says

The Eureka City Council is expected to name a new city manager on Tuesday after discussing the item in closed session.

There are three finalists -- one local, and two from out of state.

During a special closed session meeting on Wednesday, the council and a community and professional panel met with the candidates. Afterward, the council decided to move forward with a background check on all three candidates.

The council will also be discussing the invocations lawsuit filed against the city by Eureka resident Carole Beaton in closed session.

Mayor Frank Jager said the two sides are close to a resolution.

"I think we'll probably bring the item back for negotiations with Peter Martin (Beaton's attorney)," Jager said. "We'll see where they're at, and whether the council will agree to what he's proposing."

Jager said the city will take a look at Martin's response to the council's counter offer.

In regular session, the council will vote on approving an exception to the hiring freeze to recruit a new community development director.

Current director Rob Wall said he is stepping down to spend more time with his two young children.

"It's been a great experience, and I think the General Plan is in good hands," he said. "We've got a great consultant firm and great staff here leading that effort, so I think things should be fine."

After more than seven years with the city, Wall said he will work as a supervising planner for the county. His last day as director is Wednesday.

The city is looking to appoint an interim director during the search.

"It will be an open recruitment," interim City Manager Mike Knight said. "Anyone from inside city hall or outside city hall can apply for the position, and then we'll go through the selection process."

Knight said it will probably take four months to fill the position.

If you go:

What: Eureka City Council meeting

Where: City Council chambers, 531 K St.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday

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