4 manager finalists chosen

Posted: Sunday, March 02, 2003

The Juneau Assembly's top four picks for city manager hail from Kansas, California, Wisconsin and Juneau.

Assembly members released their top four candidates for city manager on Friday after spending several hours reviewing resumes Wednesday. Seventy people applied for the job. The finalists are:

• Rod Swope, owner of Galligaskins gift shop in Juneau and a former Juneau Assembly member. He is a former commissioner and deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. He has a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Alaska and was a commissioned officer with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

• Michael Miller, administrative coordinator and personnel director at Washburn County, Wis. He is the former manager of administrative services at Home Care Medical Inc. and the former administrator at the town of Delavan, Wis. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a master sergeant in 1994. He has a master's degree in public administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.

• Tracy Fuller, director of finance and economic development at the city of Desert Hot Springs, Calif. She is the former acting manager at the town of Mammoth Lakes, Calif., and served as the community's director of administrative services, finance director and finance officer. She also was an accountant at the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. She has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.

• David Fraser, city administrator in Beloit, Kan. Fraser is the former city manager of Buchanan, Mich., and served as the executive director of the Buchanan Downtown Development Authority. He also was the town administrator in Milliken, Colo. He has a master's degree in public administration from Brigham Young University.

The Assembly selection committee went through candidate resumes and profiles compiled from preliminary interviews with consultant Chris Hartung, Mayor Sally Smith said.

"Each of them had answered questions posed by the consultant. The second thing was the consultant called the references on the (top) 15 so we had pretty good information as far as who they were," Smith said. "These four just stood out."

The four candidates have been invited for interviews with the Assembly on March 17 and 18, Smith said. The Assembly hasn't decided whether the interviews will be open to the public, but is planning a community reception so local residents can meet the finalists, she said.

The city also will conduct a background check and compile a candidate profile through a so-called "assess process," Smith said.

"It's a profile of the person and how they react to a series of questions that are cross-referenced to look for consistency in their response," she said.

A couple of other candidates were from Juneau and one was from elsewhere in Alaska, Smith said. She did not provide their names because "a couple of the local ones might lose their jobs," she said.

The Assembly hopes to have a new city manager in place by late April or May, Smith said. In the interim, former Deputy City Manager Donna Pierce is the acting city manager. Former City Manager Dave Palmer is filling in as temporary deputy city manager.

Joanna Markell can be reached at joannam@juneauempire.com.

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