The Kenai City Council will decided Wednesday night who will be the next city manager for the peninsula's largest city. It has been described as the most important task a council does.
The two finalists for the job currently serve as city managers in very different parts of the state; Chris Hladick has been city manager in the Bristol Bay city of Dillingham for almost exactly seven years, the same amount of time Linda Snow has been city manager of Petersburg in Southeast.
Hladick and Snow followed similar career paths, first working in small Interior villages before going to slightly larger towns, Hladick (pronounced ladd-ek), in Galena and Snow in McGrath.
Kenai needs a new city manager after the retirement in December of Rick Ross. Ross remains on the job until a new manager settles in, though he has urged the council to expedite the transfer, saying on several occasions, "Either you hire a new city manager, or I'll introduce you to one."
Snow said last week she would be available between the end of June and the second week in July. Hladick is committed to Dillingham until July 31.
At a special meeting Wednesday night, the council will debate the merits of the two before picking one to offer a contract to. The meeting starts at 7 at Kenai City Hall and is open to the public.
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