The Arcata City Council will hold a special 10 a.m. closed session meeting on Tuesday to discuss the search for a new city manager.
Randy Mendosa announced last month that he plans to retire in July after serving as city manager since 2008. Prior to accepting the position, Mendosa worked for the Arcata Police Department -- including time as chief -- for more than two decades. He started his city career as a bus driver.
Public comment will be taken before the council goes into closed session.
"This is our first full meeting," Councilwoman Alex Stillman said. "This is a meeting to start figuring out what we're going to do."
Councilman Michael Winkler said there are several possibilities to consider.
"We could do a targeted recruitment of people we're most interested in already within existing staff, or we could open it up to any member of existing staff, or open it up and recruit outside, or any combination of those three," Winkler said.
Mayor Mark Wheetley said the meeting will enable the council to craft a game plan moving forward.
"We're taking a look at where we're at as a city and looking forward at what kind of needs we will have in the near future," Wheetley said.
The council will reflect on lessons learned from past searches, and take a look at similar jurisdictions who have recently hired new city managers, Wheetley said. The council also plans to review materials from the League of California Cities and may consider interviewing the city's department heads for feedback.
"Understanding how we lay out a productive process is my focus right now, for whatever course of action we may take," Wheetley said. "I don't feel we're under a sense of urgency right now because we do have some time ahead of us."
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