Snow accepts Kenai manager's job

Posted: Tuesday, June 05, 2001

There wasn't much haggling when Kenai City Manager Rick Ross offered his job to incoming manager Linda Snow on Thurs-day.

"He went down the list of terms and every single one was acceptable to me," Snow said from her office at Petersburg City Hall Monday. "I really wanted the job, and I knew Kenai would be fair and they were. I'm really happy."

Snow is scheduled to report to work in Kenai July 16. The three-year contract she signed Friday pays her $92,000 a year, plus benefits. It also includes $250 a month vehicle allowance and moving expenses up to $10,000.

Snow is the current city manager of the Southeastern community of Petersburg, population 3,387, a job she's held for seven years. She was selected over one other finalist, Dillingham City Manager Chris Hladick, Wednesday night. Those two came from a list of nearly 30 applicants.

"We are very pleased to have her on board. I'm very sure we made the right choice," Kenai Mayor John Williams said Monday. "I heard that if we didn't hire her, Sitka would have."

Snow was one of 24 applicants for manager of the city and borough of Sitka (pop. 8,835), and according to one official there, she made each assembly member's ballot on the first round of thinning the list, just as she did in Kenai.

"She has been presented to us by every contact we made that she was the best choice we could possibly make," Williams said. "We talked to her peers and other contacts she still had here from years back and all feel she was an excellent choice and will be an excellent city manager."

Snow and Hladick were extensively researched by Ross, the city's former chief of police.

"There has never been a more extensive background check of a candidate than these final two," Williams said.

It was Ross' retirement an-nouncement in December that started the city on the search for his replacement.

Ross said his last day is the day before Snow starts work, though he has several meetings with her already scheduled through the end of July to answer any questions she has about issues and projects before the city.

"She's a very experienced city manager, and she doesn't need training wheels," Ross said.

Snow said she will recommend Bruce Jones, Petersburg's public works director, to be that city's interim city manager while the search goes on for her replacement.

"He's usually the person who is acting city manager when I'm gone," Snow said. "But the council may have other ideas."

Snow said her personal effects will be shipped to Kenai, while she and her dogs take the ferry to Haines and then drive here.

"I think that will be very nice, since I don't have vacation time to use up between jobs. It will be a nice little breather," she said.

Snow plans to visit Kenai one more time before moving here to look for an apartment.

"I'd like to buy a house eventually, but I'd have to sell mine here first," Snow said.

The Kenai City Council requires the city manager live within city limits.

Williams said he is organizing a public reception for Snow to be held a week or two after she reports to work so the community can meet her and she can meet the "movers and shakers" of the area.

The date and place will be announced later.

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