Palm Beach Post (Florida)
BYLINE: By WILLIE HOWARD Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
DATELINE: LAKE WORTH
City commissioners last week sped up the process of hiring a new city manager by deciding to skip the step of hiring an interim person for the post.
The city has received 65 résumés and application letters from people interested in the interim manager’s job and as of Tuesday had received two applications for the full-time position.
The application deadline for the full-time manager’s job is Wednesday.
Of the 65 who applied for the interim manager’s job, five said they would be interested in the full-time gig.
The city’s human resources staff plans to contact the other 60 applicants for the interim appointment to ask whether they’re interested in taking on the position full-time.
Commissioners established a process last week for selecting a short list of candidates to interview for the city manager’s job.
After they receive the final list of applicants, each commissioner will select five candidates of interest and submit their names to Mark Farrington, the city’s human resources director. (If there are more than 15 applicants, each commissioner will submit eight names.)
The staff will list all candidates who were selected, and each of those will be voted on by the commission until the list is narrowed to three finalists. If the selection process moves smoothly, it’s possible the new manager could be working by April, Farrington said.
Finance Director Steve Carr has served as acting city manager since Dec. 6, when former City Manager Susan Stanton was fired in a 3-2 vote.
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