Six interviewed for city vacancy

2-3 finalists are likely

Finalists for the Tracy City Administrator  vacancy could be announced soon.  Six candidates were interviewed for the position last week.

“We will be getting together within the next couple of days and decide whether we are going to have two or three finalists,” said Tracy EDA Coordinator Jeff Carpenter, early this week.  Carpenter served on the interview committee with Mayor Pam Cooreman, council member Jeri Schons, and Interim City Administrator Shane Daniels.

Mayor Cooreman, who said she was impressed with several of the applicants, said the committee will check references this week before selecting the finalists.

Once the finalists are named, it will be up to the full city council how to proceed with the hiring process. Cooreman said it is her preference that the council hold a special meeting to interview the finalists.  The public will be welcome to attend those interviews in the council room, she said, but the interviews will not be broadcast over the city’s public-access cable television channel.

Names of the finalists will be announced once they are forwarded to the council.

Of the six people who were interviewed, Carpenter said the council was “extremely” pleased with the qualifications of the applicants. Two women and four men were interviewed.  All currently live in Minnesota, with several regions of the state represented.

A seventh candidate from Maryland was to have an on-line interview over Skype.  But shortly before the scheduled interview, the candidate called to say that he’d been involved in a traffic accident, according to Carpenter.  The individual called later to withdraw as a candidate.

Daniels, who is Tracy’s Public Works director, has been serving as interim city administrator since last fall.