Council to interview manager candidates
The City Council of Webster City took a step closer to hiring a city manager Wednesday night as they met in special session to narrow their choices for candidates.
Council members were asked to rank the 22 applicants for the position. Mark Jackson with Callahan Municipal Consultants presented the seven top scoring candidates. Additionally, Jackson said there were four more candidates who had scored exactly the same. The council chose to add two of those applicants to the mix, bringing the number of candidates to be interviewed to nine.
The council will interview the nine candidates via Skype on Tuesday evening in closed session beginning at 5 p.m.
From there, the councilmen will narrow the field down to about four candidates. The finalists will then visit Webster City June 21 and 22 for interviews and a meet and greet. The city will pay for any air fare, hotels and meals for the candidates who travel to Webster City for interviews, city officials said.
Callahan Municipal Consultants were hired in March to resume the search, after efforts were unsuccessful last year. Former City Manager Daniel Ortiz-Hernandez resigned last summer to take a similar position in California. Kent Harfst has been serving as the acting city manager since that time.