Kenai City Council to screen manager applicants tonight

Resume review on tap

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

The Kenai City Council will get down to the nuts and bolts of finding a city manager tonight as it begins the review process of the 15 applicants that have made it past the first round.

The first round wasn't especially competitive. It only required that the applicant be qualified and returned supplemental background information in a timely manner. The city received a total of 35 applications.

The council will meet tonight at the Kenai Senior Center, beginning at 7 p.m., to discuss the candidates.

"We'll probably go over the process of how to proceed and review the applications," said council member Bill Frazer. "We don't have a set way to do it yet."

City Manager Rick Ross, whose announced retirement in Decem-ber necessitated the search, said it was possible the council could narrow the list down tonight.

Interested members of the public are welcome to attend or review the candidate applications, which are on file in the city manager's office.

The 15 applicants mostly hail from the western states, with one each from Illinois and Ohio being the furthest east. There are four currently living in Alaska, three from Arizona, two each from Oregon and California, one from New Mexico and one from Colorado.

In alphabetical order, the candidates are:

n Daniel Beeler, has no municipal management experience but has many years of systems management experience for companies such as Collective Technologies of Phoenix, Ariz., where he works now, to Lockheed Martin and Honeywell Commercial Aviation. He also worked on computer systems at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

n Michael Ciesielski is the chief administrator and child care provider of Heart Strings in Albuquerque, N.M., a position he's held for five years.

Before that he was county manager for Grant County, N.M., for two years, and was a fund-raiser for the Latino Police Officers Association Women's Auxiliary in Albuquerque for a year, and the general manager of the Lower Valley Water District Authority in El Paso, Texas, for two years.

n James Clark of Anchorage was president, chief operating officer and later CEO for Alaska Commercial Company from 1992 to 1996.

From January 1997 to November 2000, Clark was hired to run Western Alaska Village Enterprises Wholesale Company, a Native corporation-based organization providing goods and services to Western Alaska. He has no municipal management experience.

n Brian K. Cohen of Hawthorn Woods, Ill., has had a number of jobs in the past decade that have taken him all over the world, including the Ukraine, London, the Netherlands and Alaska.

He currently works as a learning manager for a company called marchFIRST, out of Chicago, a job he took last year. In 1998 and 1999, Cohen worked as a volunteer VISTA leader, working with the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development on the state's rural economic development program. His resume lists no municipal managerial experience.

n George N. Edes was city manager of Coalinga, Calif., until February this year, a position he held for almost three years. He still resides there.

He also served for a year and a half as city manager in Elko, Nev.

He spent one year as city manager of Wrangell, which was his first experience in local government. Prior to that he worked for two years at the Natural Resources Research Institute in Duluth, Minn., and the private sector before then.

n William B. Elliott was the city manager of Milton-Freewater, Ore., for almost five years, until he left in January. He still resides there.

In 1995, he was city manager of Coos Bay, Ore., for seven months. He notes in his resume that his departure was a mutual agreement between the city council and him.

He served as city manager of The Dalles, Ore., from November 1990 to January 1995, and for the city of Stafford, Ariz., for seven years, from November 1983 to November 1990. He also served as the treasurer and finance director in Stafford, beginning in 1981.

n Lawrence English is currently the executive director of the Quileute Tribal Council in La Push, Wash., a job he's held since September 1996.

For seven months in 1995, between March and October, he was the finance director and acting city manager of Kotzebue. From January to March that year he was an economic development specialist for the Kawerak Native Corporation in Nome.

From 1991 to 1993, he was the controller and fiscal officer for the Metlakatla Indian Council and Community on Annette Island. Prior to that, he served as acting executive director for the housing authority there and was the fiscal officer for the Annette Island Medical Service Unit.

n James Filip, of Silverton, Colo., was most recently city manager of Lewistown, Mont., a position he held for a short time this year. He does have Kenai Peninsula experience. His resume shows him working as city manager of Seldovia in 1989-1990, and as the city clerk and then the city manager of Seward from 1968 to 1977.

He's also worked as city manager in Galena, Fort Yukon, Yakutat, Skagway and New Lisbon, Wis.

n Chris Hladick is currently the city manager of Dillingham, a position he's held since July 1994. He recently turned down a contract renewal offer from that city. He previously applied for the Homer city manager position in 1999.

Before taking the Dillingham job, Hladick was city manager in Galena for almost four years. Prior to that he was a carpenter for seven years.

n Michael Powers is currently the city manager for Dunsmuir, Calif., a job he's held since 1997. Prior to that, he ran the public works and development service department of Fresno County, Calif., and was a training supervisor for the Association of Retarded Citizens in Sanger, Calif.

n William R. Robinson currently works as a public management consultant in Page, Ariz., a community he was city manager of for five years until August 2000. He served as city manager in Petersburg for a year and a half, from April 1992 to October 1993.

Prior to that, he was manager of Montrose, Colo., city administrator for Brush, Colo., a project manager for two different engineering firms and manager of the Village of Spring Lake, Mich., in the late 1960s and early 70s.

n Linda L. Snow is the current city manager in Petersburg, a position she's held since 1994. Before that, she was city administrator for McGrath for nine years.

She worked for a year before that as an Alaska Permanent Fund dividend specialist for the state Department of Revenue in Anchorage and was the administrative director of the Central Peninsula Mental Health Center in Kenai from 1977 to 1980.

n Dennis Sparks was the city manager of Moraine, Ohio, from May to November of 2000. He notes he was the fourth of six city managers in one year there.

He also served as acting county administrator from May to November 1999 for Louisa County, Va., and before that as the financial officer for the Virginia Corrections Department.

n Richard L. Underkofler is currently the town manager of Payson, Ariz., a job he's held since 1995.

Prior to that, he was the city manager in Soldotna for 10 years, from 1985 to 1995, in Petersburg for four years, and Wood River, Ill., for five years in the early 80s.

n Charles E. Wellong of Soldotna most recently was a building inspector for the Municipality of Anchorage, from 1982 to 1995 and in 1978-79.

He also worked for 25 years in the construction business, the last 15 as a superintendent and general foreman.

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