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11/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman city manager choice could come today
Meet the finalists in the running to become Kingman’s next city manager. From the left: John Dougherty of Reedsburg, Wis.; Konrad Hildebrandt of Cedar Hills, Utah; and Travis Lingenfelter, of Kingman. One of the three could receive a job offer today following a closed City Council meeting. (DOUG McMURDO/Miner)
Meet the finalists in the running to become Kingman’s next city manager. From the left: John Dougherty of Reedsburg, Wis.; Konrad Hildebrandt of Cedar Hills, Utah; and Travis Lingenfelter, of Kingman. One of the three could receive a job offer today following a closed City Council meeting. (DOUG McMURDO/Miner)


Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - They met the public on Wednesday. They interviewed for the job on Thursday. Today, one of three finalists vying to become Kingman's next city manager will likely be offered the job, pending successful employment negotiations.

A background check won't be necessary. Mayor Janet Watson and the City Council checked candidate histories when they narrowed the list from a total of 60 applicants to 13 semifinalists earlier this month.

While all three of the candidates - John Dougherty of Reedsburg, Wis.; Konrad Hildebrandt of Cedar Hills, Utah; and Kingman native Travis Lingenfelter - bring something unique to the table, Hildebrandt injected a little humor into Wednesday's informal reception.

"I grew up in Kingman," he said when afforded the opportunity to introduce himself.

Though that was a joke, Hildebrandt does have an Arizona connection. Born in Tripoli, Libya, where his father served in the Air Force, Hildebrandt grew up in Tucson and attended Brigham Young University after high school graduation. He earned his bachelor's degree in business management at BYU and later his master's degree in public administration from the same university.

He has worked for the Utah cities of Orem, Cedar Hills and Washington Terrace. Fourteen of his 25 years in the public sector have been as a city manager.

Dougherty has managed the Wisconsin cities of Reedsburg and Oconto Falls. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in political science, the latter with a concentration in public administration.

In his 22 years in the public sector, Dougherty has held stints as a budget officer and solid waste director.

Lingenfelter hasn't spent the whole of his life in Kingman, but he's still the hometown candidate. The Kingman High School graduate earned a bachelor's degree in American Political Studies from Northern Arizona University and a master's degree in public administration from Vermont's Norwich University.

He's been in the public sector for more than a dozen years, working for the city of Tucson and Mohave County from 2004 to 2010 in the roles of economic development director and procurement director.

He is the executive director of the Mohave Educational Services Cooperative.

"We really turned those departments around when I was there (in Mohave County)," said Lingenfelter.

"We built it up, I believe, the right way," he said. Lingenfelter mentioned Henderson Trucking and Scott Industries as examples of the type of businesses the county was able to attract, along with the creation of the Kingman and Mohave Manufacturing Association, which has a mobile training unit that travels from site to site instructing residents on how to perform manufacturing jobs.

"I'm excited for the opportunity to serve the community I grew up in," he said.

The job pays between $115,000 and $130,000 a year, plus benefits.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013
Article comment by: vock canyon

May I suggest that you do a background check as well as a refrence check with who ever is chosen before you hire him. It would be a mistake to pay 115k to some one who can't do the job. I still think 10k per month is over paid! the prestiege of the job should be enough, it is a small town.

Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Article comment by: more than meets the eye .....

@.....Mr. Dougherty was the only one who looked like he was ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work. If he's lerarned from problems at his last job, that may be better than a candidate who needs on-the-job training. Older and wiser, me thinks.

Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013
Article comment by: MIA LADY IS RIGHT

Just yahoo, google or what ever server you use, John Dougherty WI city manager. Kingman has already been there and done this.

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013
Article comment by: @ Moree than meets the eye......

So to clarify, you're saying Mr. Dougherty's qualifications should be examined in addition to his looks?

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013
Article comment by: Mia Lady

Has anyone checked out John Dougherty of Reedsburg, Wis? In his last position as City Manager in WI he was let go due to non-performance!

Posted: Friday, November 1, 2013
Article comment by: moree than meets the eye .....

Years ago, I read a book about early American history which included some interesting quotes, and even very early newspaper clippings. From the 1700's came this entry from a young woman's answer to a newspaper reporter after her marriage, on why she selected this particular man to wed - "He was tall and had all his teeth". Around 30,000 people in the Kingman area are hoping for.....shall we say, a more thorough appraisal of the future City Manager.



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