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City manager search going into next phase

By Staff | Feb 7, 2012

City manager search going into next phase

By Chuck Ballaro

news@breezenewspapers.com

Cape Coral should have a new city manager by the end of March.

That was the statement made by the company in charge of the job search during Monday night’s City Council meeting at City Hall.

Colin Baenziger, of Colin Baenziger and Associates, said more than 70 people have applied for the job currently held by acting City Manager Steve Pohlman.

“I’m happy with the candidates. They came in as I expected them to,” Baenziger said, adding that they have already started the background checks and are getting some information from places other than a Google search.

“It’s nice to know that people are being checked out. I’d rather someone finds something about a candidate rather than something we missed,” Baenziger said.

The presentation was brief, with only District 5 Councilmember Rana Erbrick questioning the time and location for a planned meet-and-greet of the finalists.

“We want the interview process set in stone. We want to meet the candidates as a group,” Erbrick said.

District 6 Councilmember Kevin McGrail agreed, suggesting they hammer out the details at next Monday’s planned workshop.

As for a timetable, Baenziger said they will get to the nitty-gritty of selecting the best five candidates at the end of February, with the public getting to meet them on March 22 and/or 23, with interviews on the 24th and a final decision expected to come during the City Council meeting March 26.

“The minimum qualifications are pretty low, but we have a dozen highly qualified candidates,” Beanziger said after the meeting. We’ll talk to most, if not all of them this month.

City resident Lynn Roscoe made it clear what she’s looking for in a city manager during the public comment section of the meeting.

“You say you’re looking for someone who is quiet, unassuming, who thinks before speaking. You’re looking for a wuss,” Roscoe said. “You have a strong city management form of government. Hire a strong city manager.”

The city manager’s job is to essentially run the day-to-day operations of the city and implement all the city’s directives and policies.