At the end of a closed-session meeting with the consultant heading the search for a new city chief executive, Bobbi Peckham from Peckham & McKenney of Sacramento, the council chose seven people to interview during two days of meetings July 17 and 18.
“We have some viable candidates,” Mayor Pro Tem Michael Maciel said after the closed-session meeting. “We’re optimistic moving forward to the next phase.”
Mayor Brent Ives said he liked what he saw in the applications.
“I think we’ve got a very strong candidate pool. Years of experience, into doing the kinds of things that we’re interested in,” Ives said. “Of course, it’s a paper exercise until we get the opportunity to talk to them.”
Councilman Charles Manne was optimistic about the group of candidates.
“I would say the applicants are definitely pretty impressive,” Manne said.
Ives said the council winnowed the first round of interviewees from among 43 candidates presented by Peckham.
Peckham told the council during a public meeting April 1 that if the process went well, the city could have a new city manager by September. Ives said after the meeting Tuesday that the timeline seems to be holding.
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