City to re-advertise manager job; aims to recruit from Alaska

Assembly chooses not to change job description

Posted: Friday, December 20, 2002

A Juneau Assembly search committee agreed Wednesday to re-advertise an opening for the city's top job.

The committee also decided to continue working with Waters Consulting Group of Texas on the search for a new city manager, Mayor Sally Smith said. The opening will be re-advertised through Jan. 24, with an emphasis on recruiting in the state of Alaska, she said.

"In a nutshell, we agreed to stay with our current consultant," she said. "We agreed that we would have the search restarted, but not go back to square one."

Assembly members decided not to change the job description, agreeing the wording allows them to hire people with different types of experience, Smith said. People who applied before don't have to apply again.

About 70 people applied for the opening when the city advertised last summer to fill a position vacated by outgoing manager Dave Palmer.

Last week, the Assembly decided not to interview former Assembly member and Interim City Manager John MacKinnon for the permanent job. Some top candidates pulled out because of the perception that the Assembly had decided to hire MacKinnon, Assembly members said. People who withdrew will be contacted again about the job, Smith said.

The city has spent $26,000 on the search so far and expects to spend more to re-advertise the job and interview candidates, Smith said. At the same time, the city is saving money because a deputy city manager position is vacant, she said.

"It's an investment that should pay off," she said. "We certainly hope it pays off in longevity. The right fit and longevity."

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