City identifies four finalists for manager
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Four candidates for city manager will visit South Lake Tahoe in the next 10 days for an initial, closed-session interview with the City Council.
The City Council could interview those candidates as soon as Saturday, said Mayor Kathay Lovell.
Names of the four final candidates are not being released yet, Lovell said.
Recruiter Bob Murray & Associates received 92 applications for the position. In January, City Manager David Jinkens announced he will retire in August following eight years with the city.
At a closed session meeting Wednesday, Bob Murray presented the five-member council with 16 final candidates out of the 92. Of the 16, he presented eight as the cream of the crop, Lovell said. From those eight, the council decided on four to interview in person after a lengthy discussion, Lovell said.
After the council interviews those four candidates, it will decide if those candidates should move forward into the public part of the selection process or if additional candidates should be interviewed.
The public part of the selection process will be scheduled once the council has decided on the final candidates. At that time the names of the candidates will be released.
As part of the public process, the City Council will convene three panels to interview the finalists.
One group will comprise members of the public including: one Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce representative, one South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce representative, one senior representative, one representative from the Tahoe Area Coordinated Council for the Disabled, one member at large, one representative from the city’s sustainability commission, one representative from the Latino affairs commission, one representative from the Airport commission, one representative from the Parks and Recreation commission and one representative from the Planning commission. Each person on the 10-member panel will be allowed to ask two questions of each candidate, Lovell said.
The final candidates will also be interviewed by a panel comprised of: two members from the General and Public Works Association, two members from the Administrative and Confidential Association, two members from the Police Officers Association and two members from the Firefighters Association.
The final panel will consist of city department heads and senior staff.
Finalists will be interviewed by the panels in a round-robin fashion on a yet to be set date. The public panel interview will be open to the public, however members of the public will not be allowed to ask questions. The two other panel interviews will not be open to the public.
Lovell encouraged members of the public to contact members of the public panel or City Council members with questions they may have for the candidates.