RIO VISTA — City Council members are closer to making an announcement about a new city manager but are still mum about the particulars except to say the topic will be an agenda item at the Nov. 5 meeting.
“We aren’t at that point where we have a new city manager yet so (we) can’t announce anything,” Vice Mayor Constance Boulware said.
Boulware, however, did confirm that no more closed sessions or special meetings will be scheduled with regard to the selection process. The most recent closed session meetings took place Wednesday and Thursday.
This is the third round of searches for a city manager. The position has been filled with a series of interims since Hector De La Rosa’s contract was not renewed in April 2012. The current interim, Joe Tanner Jr., is in the pool of candidates seeking the permanent position.
Mayor Norman Richardson said in a previous interview that when considering candidates, he is looking for openness, honesty and the ability to deal with all council members in the same manner. He’s also looking for someone who can work with department heads and “keep things running smoothly, finding out glitches and hiccups before they even become glitches and hiccups.”
The most recent recruitment process closed in August with 38 candidates and was handled by the search firm Avery Associates. According to information on Avery’s website, the position pays between $120,000 and $130,000, but is subject to experience and qualifications.
Richardson, in a previous interview, said he hopes to have someone in place by December or January.
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