Three finalists named for city manager job

Thirteen applicants for Kingman city manager have been reviewed and three finalists chosen.

The Kingman City Council and mayor will interview current Kingman Financial Services Director Roger Swenson; Kearney, Ariz., Town Manager Gary Eide; and Williams City Manager Dennis Dalbeck on Tuesday May 22 to select the replacement for Lou Sorensen.

Swenson came to Kingman six years ago as financial services director from a similar position in a wastewater district in the Portland, Ore., area.

He worked for the city of Portland and for Washington County prior to employment with the wastewater district.

An eight-member selection committee reviewed the applicants' resumes and applications Wednesday to narrow the field to three finalists for the interviews.

The committee, appointed by Mayor Les Byram, included Vice Mayor Homer Johnston, Councilwoman Monica Gates, Police Chief Larry Butler, Public Works Director Jack Kramer, City Personnel Director Royce Williams and Kingman businesspersons Matthew Meyers and Krystal Burge.

The city has declined to release the names of the other 10 candidates, Williams said.

Cover letters and resumes of the finalists are expected to be released to the media Tuesday after consultation with City Attorney Charlotte Wells, Williams said.

Wells was not available Monday.

Sorensen has announced he will retire in August.

He is the longest serving current city manager in Arizona with 28 years as head of the local city government.

Sorensen said the strong staff he is leaving in place to continue prudent operation and good leadership of the city makes retirement easier.

"I am comfortable leaving the city in good hands," he said.