Council waits on replacing city manager |

Council waits on replacing city manager

Adam Jensen

During a special meeting Tuesday night, the South Lake Tahoe City Council set an Oct. 1 deadline for a decision on whether to undertake a full recruiting process for the next city manager or offer the job to Interim City Manager Nancy Kerry.

The council accepted the resignation of City Manager Tony O’Rourke May 15 and appointed Kerry, city spokeswoman and assistant to the city manager, to fill his position in the interim.

O’Rourke has accepted as position as the city manager of Yakima, Wash. His resignation becomes effective July 1.

Several council members suggested waiting to fill the city manager position on a more-than-interim basis until the winter, given upcoming City Council elections and budget discussions, as well as recent turnover at the city.

“We need some stability at the moment,” said Mayor Claire Fortier.

Councilman Tom Davis was the lone “no” vote on the Oct. 1 deadline. He said the city should undertake a full recruitment to show the public they looked for the best possible candidate.

Also on Tuesday, the council voted to use recruiting firm Ralph Anderson & Associates to conduct a background check on Kerry while she works as the interim city manager.

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