Council doesn't renew contract of city manager

Kenai's Snow let go

Posted: Friday, July 08, 2005

The Kenai City Council decided in a closed-door session Wednesday not to renew the contract of City Manager Linda Snow. The decision came during an executive session that followed the council's regular meeting.

Kenai Mayor Pat Porter said Thursday the council decided that not renewing Snow's contract would be best for the city.

"We just decided in the best interest of the city we would not renew the city manager's contract," Porter said.

Citing the confidentiality of an executive session, city officials Thursday were tight-lipped as to the specifics of the decision.

Porter said that because the meeting involved an internal city personnel matter, she could not discuss the reasons for letting Snow go.

"I truly cannot go into what went on during that executive session," Porter said.

Snow was out of the office and could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon. Kenai Finance Director Larry Semmens was filling in for Snow on Thursday and said Snow plans to be back in the office Monday.

Kenai City Attorney Cary Graves said Snow's existing contract with the city expires July 16. After that, he said the council will name an acting manager to serve while the council solicits applications for a new manager.

"What they've done in the past is they would start a search," Graves said.

Graves said he does not know how long the council will take to find a new manager.

He said the process typically involves advertising for candidates, looking at resumes and interviewing top candidates.

"(The council) would gather up resumes, screen them and select between probably two and five candidates to interview," he said, describing the likely process for finding a replacement for Snow.

Snow has been the city manager since 2001, when she took over for Rick Ross. Before working in Kenai, she served as Petersburg's manager for seven years and as McGrath's city administrator for nine years.

She recently was named as a finalist for the city manager's position in Valdez but lost out when that city named John Hozey as its new manager.

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