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Chris Hartung of the Dallas, Texas,-based Waters Consulting Group is talking with residents, city staff and Assembly members this week about the qualities they'd like to see in a new city manager.
The next step is to write a job description, or candidate profile, that will provide information about Juneau, some of the key challenges facing the city and what the community is looking for in a new manager, Hartung said.
"It's not that we pick the next city manager. We assist the Assembly in that decision," he told the Juneau Rotary Club on Tuesday.
After the firm comes up with a list of candidates, Hartung said it will screen resumes, interview candidates and check references. A list of four to six finalists will be forwarded to the Assembly for more review.
Assembly members have said they hope to hire a new city manager by Oct. 1.
Interim City Manager John MacKinnon started work on June 24. Outgoing manager Dave Palmer's last day was Friday.
The Waters Consulting Group also will help the Assembly during negotiations with manager finalists over compensation, Hartung said. The city is paying $19,000 plus expenses for the consulting work.