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Interest high in Kingman city manager job

KINGMAN - Sixty people have expressed interest in the vacant city manager job, meaning the City Council will have to separate more than a few bushels of wheat from the chaff before the list is pared down to a manageable level.

Mayor Janet Watson and council members went into closed session at the end of Tuesday's meeting to discuss the candidates on a day 10 more applicants submitted resumes that have not been reviewed.

The one conclusion they arrived at is that no more will be accepted.

Mayor Janet Watson said the Council would select a list of semi-finalists and then the process of hiring a new city manager will begin in earnest once background checks are completed. Watson said she was uncertain how many applicants would make the short list.

The city has been without a full-time manager since Jack Kramer retired in July. Since then, Fire Chief Chuck Osterman has taken over the job on an interim basis. The city contracted with the Arizona League of Cities and Towns last summer to recruit prospective candidates. The City Council ultimately chose John Michrina, the manager of Center Line, Mich., but the job went unfilled after contract negotiations failed.

Rather than pay the League thousands of dollars to conduct a second search, the Council opted to go it alone.

The salary range is between $110,000 and $130,000 a year and provides a benefit package including retirement, group and life insurance, and vacation, sick and holiday leave.


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