Man with local ties included with city manager finalists

Posted: Tuesday, January 27, 2009

JUNEAU - Larry Persily is now one of four finalists the Juneau Assembly will consider for the city manager position Rod Swope is leaving at the end of April, Assemblyman and search committee member Jeff Bush said.

Persily is currently a staffer for state Rep. Mike Hawker, R-Anchorage. Persily is a former associate director of Gov. Sarah Palin's Washington, D.C., office, Anchorage Daily News editorial page editor, and Juneau Empire editor.

Persily replaces Jim Patrick, most recently city manager of Kalispell, Mont., on the list. Patrick was dropped because the search committee learned new information about Patrick's past, Bush said.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reported in 2001 that Patrick, then city manager of Lebanon, Ohio, had been indicted on four felony counts for complicity to theft in office and complicity to unlawful interest in a public contract, charges related to retirement payouts. The disposition of the charges could not be found by press time.

The other three finalists are David Johnston, former village administrator of Rantoul, Ill.; Dick Kline, a former city administrator for Vernonia, Ore.,; and Bonnie Therrien, the current town manager for Wethersfield, Conn. Several erroneous stories reported that Therrien had withdrawn.

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