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10/3/2013 6:00:00 AM
Interest high in Kingman city manager job

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

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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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Harris

I certainly agree with Position Should Have Been Filled, You Get What ...,Rai. This council will end up with some bozo who will end up costing the city money just because they want to low ball the salary and not even consider a fair severance package. Also exactly what experience do the search and hiring committee made up of the 3 council members have in hiring the CEO of our town?

Posted: Saturday, October 5, 2013
Article comment by: Hatfiedl or McCoy? .....

how 'bout somebody from Chloride?

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: Rai Ratnathia

There is a basic expectation for any top notch professional to take a job of this nature, and that will be reasonable severance. The Council must not have Beecher/Walker fear disease. Otherwise you will get just someone to take a job who will kowtow to every whim of individual members, and give away the farm, similar to the County fear.

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

Totally agree with Position Should Have Been Filled By Now. The search should have started the day he made the announcement. And here's another thing... In most job searches if your number 1 pick doesn't work out, you go to number 2. And number 3 if necessary. Why wasn't this done in this case? Yes, I believe one of the three finalists withdrew...but what about the other guy?

I know the Chief is doing the job now, but he has a Department to run. Can't do both forever.


Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013
Article comment by: You Get What You Pay For

Paul, I wouldn't worry about the golden parachute. The very fact that the hiring committee of Janet, Richard, Wimpee wouldn't even attempt to negotiate with the guy from Michigan about a severance package should calm your fears. Unfortunately the council is now so tight with what it plans to offer, we can expect to end up with a third or fourth rate candidate willing to take anything because he/she is indeed so weak.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Position Should Have Been Filled By Now

There really is no reason why this council did not have someone in place by the Jack left in July. They were given 6 months notice and only decided to undertake filling this position when the office was vacant. What a council.

Posted: Thursday, October 3, 2013
Article comment by: Paul Beecher 2.0

Here we go again, let's hope that the City Council has brains enough not to bring in another Paul Beecher or King Ron Walker through their country wide searches. Then doll out the bloated golden parachute when they leave after using Kingman as a stepping stone to bigger, better and smarter. No common sense.

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