Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas)
BYLINE: Tim Hrenchir.
Forty-nine candidates have applied to be Topeka’s next city manager, up from about 30 who sought the position in 2005.
Tallahassee, Fla.-based Bob Murray & Associates, the firm coordinating Topeka’s search for a permanent city manager, recently shared information about the number of applicants with the city council, city spokesman David Bevens said in a news release Wednesday.
The release quoted Deputy Mayor Larry Wolgast as saying, “I have been informed we have an excellent pool of candidates and am looking forward to the first steps in the process.”
Murray & Associates earlier this month closed its outreach and recruitment process, which involved placing advertisements seeking candidates.
“A preliminary screening of the candidates is under way by the search firm,” Wednesday’s release said. “A recommendation of candidates is expected to be provided to the council in several weeks. Council interviews are to follow.”
The city received about 30 applications in 2005, the last time it sought a manager.
The council subsequently hired Norton Bonaparte, who took office in March 2006 as Topeka’s first permanent city manager.
Bonaparte served more than five years before leaving this past July under a severance agreement he reached with the council.
The council then hired interim city manager Dan Stanley, a former city councilman, who submitted notice in late April that he plans to leave for family reasons effective Friday.
The council last week selected Pam Simecka, who had been the city’s interim finance director, to serve as interim manager until a permanent manager takes office.
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