Kingman manager hopefuls, public mingle Wednesday

City Council could fill position by the end of the week

Travis Lingenfelter

Travis Lingenfelter

KINGMAN - The public is invited to meet three finalists for the Kingman city manager position at a reception at City Hall from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Mayor Janet Watson and the City Council will interview the three candidates in closed session at 9:30 a.m. Thursday and could make a hiring decision in another closed session meeting at 9 a.m. Friday.

Kingman resident Travis Lingenfelter, Konrad Hildebrandt of Lehi, Utah, and John Dougherty of Reedsburg, Wis., topped a field of 13 semi-finalists - who in turn were chosen from a field of 60 applicants for the position, which will pay between $115,000 and $130,000 a year.

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.

Lingenfelter 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 has been technically vacant since July 1 when longtime City Manager Jack Kramer retired. Fire Chief Chuck Osterman has served as acting city manager.

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