Dozens want high-ranking City Hall job
July 7, 2009
City Hall by midday Tuesday had received 74 applications from people seeking to become the assistant city manager, a high-ranking position in the municipal government that nobody has held since the period immediately after the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Officials are not publicizing details about the people who have applied. The application window closes at 5 p.m. July 20.
Kim Leier, the human-resources manager for City Hall, said she had been anticipating a "large response" to the opening. City Manager Tom Bakaly said he anticipates more than 100 people will submit applications by the deadline. Leier said she would not be surprised if the number reaches more than 100.
Leier said City Hall is an attractive employer and people see the job as a way to advance their career. She also said people are seeking work in the recession. She said the applications have come from disparate parts of the U.S.
"I didn’t think we’d get resumes from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between," Leier said.
Leier did not disclose whether any of the applications were submitted by people who work at City Hall. Recent high-level openings with the municipal government, such as the chief of police and the planning director, have gone to people from outside the organization over applications from within City Hall.
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Bakaly said he is "encouraged" by the response. He expects "it’s going to be a good pool" of people applying.
Once the application window closes, Leier said, the people will be screened to ensure their qualifications match the opening. The group will be whittled down to between six and 12 finalists, she said. Bakaly said he expects between three and five people will be interviewed in a final round, which will also include an invitation-only social event.
Leier said she anticipates someone starting in the position as early as the end of September.
Leier said the applications thus far are from people representing a broad spectrum of government employment. They include people with backgrounds in planning, police work and the legal field, she said.
"We have an incredible pool. I’m very pleased," Leier said.
The position pays a salary of between $71,400 and $98,692 in the current fiscal year, running until the end of next June. In the following fiscal year, the salary is budgeted to increase to between $80,647 and $106,121, pending approval by the Park City Council.
The City Council during budget talks earlier this year approved the funding for the position. City Hall last employed an assistant city manager in the time around the Olympics, when workload increased substantially as the Games approached.
Bakaly held the position then. When he was hired as the city manager, the other position was left vacant. Bakaly this year argued that the amount of work at City Hall warrants the position returning.
Bakaly expects the assistant city manager will be assigned Statehouse duties as well as tasks at City Hall like managing the local government’s property holdings.