City interviews underway

The next Tracy City Administrator will likely visit the community this week.

Interviews are scheduled with seven applicants for the city vacancy Tuesday through Thursday, April 24-26, according to EDA coordinator Jeff Carpenter.  The applicants will meet with a council-appointed committee that includes Carpenter, Interim Administrator Shane Daniels, Mayor Pam Cooreman, and city council member Jeri Schons.  The names of the applicants were forwarded to the committee by consultant Wendell Sande, who did an initial review of city administrator applicants.

The interviews were discussed briefly at the Monday, April 23 city council meeting.

Schons said that the committee would attempt to pare the candidate field to two or three individuals who stand out during the interviews. Even if there is a single standout candidate, Schons felt it wise to select at least two finalists, in case an agreement isn’t reached with that No. 1 choice.

Daniels felt that three should be the maximum number of finalists.

Councilman Tony Peterson agreed that “it would be nice for the rest of the council” for the committee to select several finalists, rather than just one, for the full council to consider.

The names of the seven candidates have not been announced.  Once finalists are selected, those names will be released.

Daniels, the city’s public works director, has been serving as interim city administrator since September, following the resignation of Madonna Peterson.