KINGMAN - With time now an issue, Mayor John Salem plans to convene City Council members in executive session prior to the next regular meeting to discuss city manager candidates.
"We need to get going on this," he said. "We need to get this position filled."
Salem last week said nearly 20 people applied for the position, but the actual number was 38, he said on Tuesday.
Of those 38, about five are from Arizona and a couple of candidates have current ties to the city. Another local candidate was Mike Hendrix, who withdrew his name from consideration when he was hired as Mohave County administrator earlier this month.
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns recruited candidates from across the nation and then whittled the list down to about six candidates plus the local applicants.
The City Council now must do its own whittling.
"They looked for people with skills that met the city's job description," said Salem, "and they looked for people that were given progressively more responsible duties."
Salem said he would attempt to hold an executive session before the City Council's next meeting June 4, but he also wanted to give council members an opportunity to fully review the applications beforehand.
"Time is critical," he said. "We have to get moving on this."
The next city manager will earn between $115,000 and $130,000 a year, depending on his or her qualifications, plus benefits.
The city manager reports to the mayor and city council and will have a $44 million budget and more than 330 full-time employees for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1.
The city required candidates to have a minimum of seven years experience in municipal management and a degree in public administration.
Skills in project management, economic development and long-range planning also were required.
Kramer, a 34-year city employee, will retire effective July 1. That gives the City Council roughly five weeks to pick a candidate, offer him or her the job and then negotiate a contract.
We all know they are NOT going to pick an "outsider" candidate. I am sure they will vote in one of their own. They probably don't even bother looking at the other applicants applications from outside of Kingman.... even though they are probably way more qualified. I wish the voters had some say in who fills this highly paid position.