Large field vying for city post |

Large field vying for city post

Mary Thompson

South Lake Tahoe wants to hire a “superman.” About 45 say they are qualified to don the cape.

A two-month search continues for someone to oversee the daily operations of the city of South Lake Tahoe.

Kerry Miller resigned as South Lake Tahoe’s manager in October for the same position in Encinitas, Calif. Former Assistant City Manager Sue Schlerf is the interim city manger.

The $95,000 city manager position is filled with responsibilities – directing city policy, recommending action to council members and working on budgetary items.

It’s the most important job at the city, according Mayor Tom Davis.

For that reason, filling the shoes of Miller, who served for 12 years, won’t be easy.

“We want someone who has been a city manager or has been second in command, with a degree in public administration, with strong employee and communication skills, who is familiar with redevelopment and the environmental rules and regulations of our area,” Davis said. “I guess we’re asking for a superman or superwoman.”

Bob Murray, who has been hired to run the recruitment, said the “relatively low pay” of about $95,000 per year has not deterred applicants.

He said about 45 have applied.

“The recruitment is going well. We’ve got several candidates that are very good, who are already in city manager positions,” Murray said. “I think we’ll have more people interested in the position before the application closing date on (Friday).”

Murray said he’ll screen the applicants and trim the pool down to about 10 who will interview with the City Council in the next few months.

Davis said while the council has the authority in the recruitment action he hopes to involve the community in the selection process.

“I think it’s important to get some community input,” he said. “This is a critical decision and people from (different segments of the community) would ask the applicants different questions.”

Councilmembers formed a subcommittee Tuesday to help oversee the recruitment process that was contracted out to David M. Griffith & Associates for $25,000.

Councilman Bill Crawford said he was unhappy with the process of recruitment, saying the company has not provided council with progress reports.

Davis said the process must be working, given the number of responses to the job opening.

“We’ll see what applicants we get – that’s the meat,” Davis said.

Davis said the city manager position will likely be filled by May.

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