Four City Hall staffers advance in assistant city manager hiring process
June 25, 2013
Seventeen people from a field of 130 remain under consideration for the assistant Park City manager job, Mayor Dana Williams said on Tuesday, indicating that the job could be offered to one of them within three weeks.
Twelve of the candidates were scheduled to be interviewed by a City Hall subcommittee on Tuesday. The other five were interviewed on Monday. The interviews were conducted via Skype, the online video calling service.
Williams said four people from inside the ranks at City Hall applied for the position. He said the four work in three different departments. Each of the four people from City Hall is in the pool of 17 now under further consideration, the mayor said.
Williams declined to identify the internal candidates. None of them publicly declared their intention to apply for the position beforehand.
There are a number of City Hall staffers who have advanced professionally during their tenure into management-level positions. Others, meanwhile, were hired in management roles at City Hall.
"We were pretty impressed with a lot of them, just in terms of background, experience," Williams said about the overall field.
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The 130 applications came from people in at least 12 states, Williams said.
The mayor declined to discuss whether any of the 17 are currently city managers or past city managers elsewhere. He also declined to discus whether any of the 17 are former City Hall staffers.
The subcommittee leading the efforts consists of Williams, Park City Councilwoman Liza Simpson and four City Hall staffers. The subcommittee and City Manager Diane Foster will forward a name to the elected officials. Williams said he anticipates the City Council will support the person selected by the subcommittee.
The hiring process was tinkered with from what is typical for staffers outside the city manager and city attorney. The city manager normally would select the assistant city manager without the same level of involvement by the elected officials. Williams said Foster and the City Council agreed that the elected officials would be involved since she remains new to her position.
Foster was hired as the city manager in March after serving in an interim role since September. She succeeded Tom Bakaly in City Hall’s top staff position. He departed to become the city manager in Hermosa Beach, Calif. She had been the deputy city manager before Bakaly’s departure.
The mayor said officials are interested in people with backgrounds in government finance, planning and zoning or the legislative process.
Williams said he wants a job offer made within the next three weeks. If one of the internal candidates is selected, the person could start in the new position within a month, the mayor said. If an outside candidate is picked, the person could begin at the Marsac Building within two months, Williams said.
The assistant city manager holds a wide-ranging role in the Marsac Building hierarchy. The position has traditionally been assigned to topics like legislative matters as well as handling a diverse workload of City Hall issues.