RIO VISTA — City Council members will interview another round of candidates for city manager during a special agenda meeting Monday morning.
The search for a full-time city manager began in April 2012 after the council declined to renew then-City Manager Hector De La Rosa’s contract. Roger Wong filled in as interim city manager, agreeing to see the council through a selection process that was projected to end in July 2012.
The city manager search hit a roadblock in July, however. Out of 64 candidates vetted by search firm Avery Associates, two finalists were chosen: Regan Candelario and Robert Gorson Jr., formerly the city manager of Taft.
Candelario accepted a city manager position for Fortuna before Rio Vista announced a decision. Gorson was later passed up for the position, so Rio Vista continued its search.
Wong left in July, leaving current Interim City Manager Joseph Tanner to take over. Tanner cannot work past Feb. 1 because the California Public Employees’ Retirement System restricts his employment to 960 hours per fiscal year.
Tanner’s son, Joseph Tanner Jr,. will fill in as the interim city manager and Tanner has agreed to help the city pro-bono until the new city manager is found.
The new city council is picking up the search where the last one left off.
Mayor Norman Richardson said the council will interview five potential candidates Monday during closed session. If one or more of the interviews goes well, the council will interview succesful candidates again at a meeting Tuesday.
Richardson hopes the council will find a replacement city manager within the next few weeks.
The special agenda meeting starts 9:30 a.m. Monday at One Main St. with public comment, then will adjourn to closed session.
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