Assembly narrows interim manager search

Three people to be interviewed for the job

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Juneau Assembly members will interview three candidates for interim city manager at the end of the month.

A five-person Assembly selection committee decided Tuesday to interview Donald Moore of Wasilla, who was interim city manager in Palmer and Kotzebue and served as Matunuska-Susitna Borough manager for 10 years; Juneau business and municipal consultant and Southeast Alaska Cellular One market manager Jim Kohler; and Juneau developer and former deputy mayor John MacKinnon. Five people applied.

The committee scheduled interviews May 31 and June 1 and will videotape the sessions for the rest of the Assembly. The full Assembly will select the interim manager, Mayor Sally Smith said.

City Manager Dave Palmer and Deputy City Manager Donna Pierce will leave June 30. Smith said the Assembly hopes to select an interim manager as soon as possible.

"This committee still hasn't come to a final decision on whether the interim will be encouraged to hire the deputy or whether we ask that position remain open until the city manager is hired," she said.

The city charter limits the acting city manager's term to no more than one year. The position will end upon the appointment of a city manager, or earlier, at the discretion of the Assembly, according to the city's job announcement. The pay is from $3,361 to $3,705 biweekly and the position is open until filled.

The city also has issued a request for proposals for an executive search firm to seek and review applications for permanent city manager, Smith said. The firm will be asked to find eight manager finalists for the Assembly to consider, she said.

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