After meeting in closed session for more than six hours on Wednesday, Eureka Mayor Frank Jager said the council is close to selecting a new city manager.
”I think, within the week, we will make a final decision and make an offer,” Jager said.
This was the second time the council interviewed the finalists -- one local and two from out of state. Two panels also met with the candidates.
Kurt Kramer, Heidi Benzonelli, Dale Maples, J Warren Hockaday, Jack Crider and Lorene Dunaway were appointed by the council to serve on a community panel. Former Eureka City Manager David Tyson, county Administrative Officer Philip Smith-Hanes, along with local city managers Karen Suiker, Randy Mendosa, Regan Candelario, Jack Parrish and Jim Test were asked to participate on a professional panel.
”I want to thank the people who spent the morning here,” Jager said. “I think their input was very valuable. It's going to be difficult narrowing it down to one candidate.”
A background check on all of the candidates will now be conducted. The council will discuss the item again in the closed session portion of Tuesday's regular meeting.
Jager said he hopes the council will be able to make an announcement at that time.
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