Three finalists to meet public

KINGMAN - A local resident is in the running to become Kingman's next city manager.

Travis Lingenfelter was one of three applicants out of 13 semifinalists to be considered. The other two are Konrad Hildebrandt of Lehi, Utah, and John Dougherty of Reedsburg, Wis.

In all, 60 people sought the position.

The City Council late Wednesday afternoon met in closed session to discuss the candidates, who will be in Kingman from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 for a community forum at City Hall.

The Council will interview the men the next day and could make a decision on Nov. 1 during a special meeting.

Lingenfelter has spent more than a dozen years working in the public sector, including stints as the economic and procurement director for Mohave County and as the executive director of the Mohave Educational Services Cooperative.

Prior to that, Lingenfelter was a senior contract officer for the city of Tucson.

He has served on several association boards, including for Mohave Community College and the Arizona Cooperative Extension's Community Development Program.

He graduated with a degree in American political studies from Northern Arizona University and obtained a master's degree in public administration from Norwich University.

Hildebrandt has served as the city manager of Cedar Hills, Utah, as well as the chief administrative and financial officer and human resources director for the city of Washington Terrace, also in Utah.

Prior to that, Hildebrandt worked for the city of Orem, Utah.

He has been an adjunct professor at Utah Valley University, teaching courses in public administration.

With about 24 years experience in the public sector, Hildebrandt has served on several boards in Utah and holds a degree in business management from Brigham Young University and a master's in public administration, also from BYU.

Dougherty has been in public service for 22 years, most recently as the city administrator of Reedsburg, Wis., and Oconto Falls, Wis.

He also held public management jobs in Ohio and Illinois and has served on several boards, including as president of the American Society for Public Administration, and as a member of the Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee of the International City/County Management Association.

Dougherty obtained a bachelor's degree in political science from Eastern Illinois University and a master of arts degree in political science with a focus on public administration from the same university.

The position pays between $115,000 and $130,000 annually, and offers benefits and insurance.

This is the city's second attempt to hire a city manager.

They initially chose John Michrina, the city manager of Center Line, Mich., to replace Jack Kramer, who retired July 1.

However, Michrina and the City Council failed to negotiate an employment contract.

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