Community will help pick city manager |

Community will help pick city manager

The South Lake Tahoe City Council is looking to the community for help in its final decision of selecting a city manager.

The position was vacated in October when Kerry Miller, who served as South Lake Tahoe’s manager for 12 years, accepted a city manager position in Encinitas, Calif.

More than 70 people applied for the estimated $95,000 position through David M. Griffith & Associates, an independent contractor hired to direct the recruitment process.

Consultant Bob Murray sifted through the applications and selected nine who interviewed with the City Council Feb. 9 and 10.

Three finalists emerged from the process as the leaders of the pack. The finalists will endure a second and final interview Friday.

This time, instead of meeting behind closed doors with councilmembers, the candidates will answer questions from a chosen group of community leaders and city staff members, said Councilwoman Judy Brown.

“Originally our (recruitment) consultant was cautioning us not to get too involved in the community panels but we convinced him that our community works a little different than most,” Brown said. “We have such diverse views on development, the environment and economics that we felt it was very important to involve the community in the process.”

Brown said a council subcommittee directed to oversee the city manager recruitment process invited a single representative from 12 local organizations: the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, the Lodging Association, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the Latino Task Force, El Dorado County, the Tahoe Area Coordinating Council for the Disabled, the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, the Lake Tahoe Community College, the South Tahoe Public Utility District and the California Tahoe Conservancy.

City department heads and employee representatives for city bargaining groups will join the community members in interviewing the candidates.

When the interviews are completed, each group will take its recommendation to the council before its members make their final assessment at 1 p.m. Friday in closed session.

Brown said the decision won’t be an easy one.

“They were all very strong in redevelopment and financial issues,” she said. “It’s going to come down to how well one candidate fits into the organization – their style of management and leadership.

“I was very impressed with all three.”

Because it’s a personnel issue, the names of the three candidates will not be disclosed until the community process is complete, said City Attorney Catherine DiCamillo.

Brown said two of the candidates are from California and one is from Minnesota. Only one is currently employed as a city manager.

Action on the decision will come at a future council meeting. The date is undetermined at this point.

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