By Jim Shilander
City Manager Pall Gudgeirsson said Wednesday he is nearing a final decision on hiring for his old position, assistant city manager, next month.
The position was vacant from March until June, when Bill Cameron, the city’s public works director, was appointed on an interim basis. Gudgeirsson initially stated he wanted to fill the post in April, but the application process was reopened again in search of more candidates.
While Gudgeirsson had also served in the elected office of city treasurer, he said with other city staff focused on the financial health of the city, he was seeking more of a “generalist” for the position.
Gudgeirsson said an initial candidate list of 145 had been narrowed to eight, with whom he’d conducted interviews. The process was now down to a reference check and a final choice which he anticipates making next week. A formal announcement of the hire may be made at the council’s meeting of October 15.