Short list now for city manager position |

Short list now for city manager position

Susan Wood, Tahoe Daily Tribune

A recruiter hired to find a city manager for South Lake Tahoe plans to narrow the search to about a half-dozen candidates by next week’s council session.

This week, Bob Murray will start to interview 10 to 12 of the candidates to replace former City Manager Dave Childs, who’s working as a consultant for the city until June 1.

Childs resigned in January after working for the city less than two years, taking a job with the International City/County Management Association as the western regional director. He will remain in South Lake Tahoe.

Assistant City Manager Sue Schlerf has acted on an interim basis at the top job. She wouldn’t say Tuesday whether she’s applied for the position.

Schlerf has been put into the position before. The last time she filled the role was when Kerry Miller left in October 1999 to take a lateral job in Encinitas, Calif.

Childs beat out 70 other applicants for the job at the time, accepting a move to the basin from Minnetonka, a small Minnesota town.

For Child’s replacement, the city received 77 applications, Mayor Brooke Laine said Tuesday. The application period closed April 30.

The City Council has access to the applications to pull anyone off the list, in case members “feel strongly about another person,” Laine said.

The council is seeking a manager with a good communication skills, an understanding of redevelopment practices and a strong financial background. The city is facing a $2 million budget shortfall.

The city manager’s starting salary is $108,144 a year.

Although there is “not a bias or preference,” Laine also mentioned interest in hiring someone from California to hit the ground running on government issues in the Golden State.

After the council contracts the group even further, the city staff and community will meet the short list of candidates, which will probably be whittled down to three people, the mayor and recruiter said.

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