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7/19/2013 6:01:00 AM
Two candidates left for Kingman city manager
Richard Warne, the former city manager of Twentynine Palms, Calif., withdrew his name as one of the candidates under consideration for the Kingman city manager position.
Richard Warne, the former city manager of Twentynine Palms, Calif., withdrew his name as one of the candidates under consideration for the Kingman city manager position.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Richard Warne, one of three finalists to become Kingman's next city manager, withdrew his name from consideration on Wednesday - one day after the City Council met in executive session to discuss the candidates.

According to a statement from the city, Warne, the former city manager of Twentynine Palms, Calif., "expressed his appreciation to the Mayor and City Council of Kingman to consider him for the position, however, he decided not to continue the process."

Contacted for comment, Mayor John Salem and Councilman Richard Anderson said by law they were not allowed to discuss specifics of what was said in the closed meeting, but both men acknowledged Warne was at least one topic.

Salem said the City Council reached the conclusion the city would be better off moving forward with two candidates rather than three, but he did not say if a specific candidate was singled out.

One indication the City Council considered the matter somewhat urgent is that the item denoting the closed session to discuss the city manager position was added after the regular meeting agenda had been posted.

Warne abruptly left his position in Twentynine Palms last April after he came to loggerheads with city council members.

The controversy was over a redevelopment project and even his departure was controversial.

The meeting in which it occurred was closed to the public and all those present have declined to discuss whether Warne resigned, was forced out or was terminated.

He did receive a large severance package.

Warne also came under fire from the LGBT community when it was revealed he donated $1,000 to a political group opposed to same sex marriage in California.

Others said Warne was a competent manager with strong budget skills.

The remaining finalists are Rick Howard, the general manager of Discovery Bay, in Northern California, and John Michrina of Center Line, Mich.

The pair will be in Kingman July 31. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on that date Howard and Michrina will appear at a community forum in Council Chambers at City Hall, 310 N. Fourth Street.

The City Council could make a decision as early as Aug. 2, after meeting with the remaining finalists on July 31, when they will tour the city and its facilities, and on Aug. 1, when interviews are scheduled to take place.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Article comment by: J L

It sounds like the City Council is doing their job, sifting through all of the information to make an informative decision. No matter who they pick, there are those who will stew over it and blow up. Mr. Salem is also living up to his job as mayor too. He must have to travel back and forth from Phoenix to Kingman so give him a little slack for petes' sake.

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013
Article comment by: Teresa Wegscheid

Does it matter where the next city manager is from? Maybe someone from another area will bring some vision for Kingman. While I know most don't want it to be another California, it won't be. More growth is still needed to sustain our population and keep people buying local. Prescott is a great benchmark for what Kingman could be.

Posted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Article comment by: Santa Fe Jay

Ashley.......They currently live in Ca. & Mi. They would move here if hired.

In California, the average lifespan of a City Manager at any given city (especially cities under 100,000 population) is about 4 years. I worked for 3 cities in Calif. from 1980 to 2003. One city I worked for went through 6 CM's in 10 years. Every City Manager I ever worked for either left under some type of negative "Cloud of Controversy" or used the city as a stepping stone to go to bigger cities and more money. That is just the life of a CM.

Kingman's last City Manager left (retired) under a cloud as well.....he supported the termination of the long time, highly praised employee in Human Resources simply because the PD felt that she could MAYBE release information about where they live (as if the police cars parked in the driveway of their house is not a big enough clue)

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Old Timer


Speak for yourself there. I happen to think the mayor did a pretty fine job considering what he has to work with.

But I do have to wonder why out of a whole bunch of applications these, now 2 candidates were chosen when neither of them have experience with a city the size of Kingman?

If it were my decision to make I think the best move would be to start a more broad search and look for a more experienced bunch to draw from.

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: Ashley Baldwin

I am new to this sort of thing, but am I reading right that the 2 people eligible to become Kingman's next city manager live in Cali and Mich?

Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013
Article comment by: kingman Concerned

We don't want Salem's opinion. He has done nothing for Kingman and is no longer a Citizen.

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