22 vie for Kenai city manager job

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2001

KENAI (AP) -- Twenty two men want to be Kenai's next city manager.

No women have applied to replace Rick Ross, a former Kenai police chief who resigned as city manager in early December after nearly five years in the position. Ross has agreed to stay on until the position is filled.

Of the men who have applied, only six are from Alaska. The rest come from across the Lower 48, including the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, New England and several points in between.

Kim Howard, former assistant to Ross, has seen three city managers come and go in her time at city hall, and has coordinated much of the searching for new managers. She said the number of applicants this year is much lower than past years.

During one manager's search, the city received almost 300 applications, she said.

Reasons for the large number of applications that year may have been because the city advertised in large newspapers such as the New York Times and because the military had a lot of early retirees that year.

The present job description requires seven years of high-level management experience, but it doesn't specify municipal experience as a qualification.

Howard said Ross' salary is a flat $90,000. He eschewed much of the benefit package since he had health insurance and other benefits already from his retirement as police chief.

Tom Manninen, the manager previous to Ross, made about $89,000, while the manager before him, William Brighton, made $95,000.

The new manager will most likely be in that same salary range, depending on what is negotiated with the city council.

The new city manager will be the 11th in the city's history.

The deadline to apply is March 20th.

After additional information is gathered from the top applicants, as determined by the city administration, the council will select semi-finalists on April 20 and have finalists selected in May.

The candidate, or candidates, will then be brought to visit the community in May and June. If all goes well, the new city manager will be offered a position sometime in June.

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