Search for Kenai manager begins

Position should be filled by January

Posted: Friday, August 19, 2005

The Kenai City Council approved spending $3,500 to advertise for a new city manager to replace Linda Snow, whose contract expired July 16.

At the request of acting city manager Chuck Kopp, the council approved the proposed schedule for accepting applications for the top administrator post and gave the OK to a proposed position vacancy announcement.

According to the schedule, a new city manager should be on board by January.

The vacancy announcement states in part, “The starting salary will be dependent upon qualifications. The last manager’s salary was $98,000 per year, a monthly vehicle allowance and an excellent benefit package.”

In a memo to the council, Kopp outlined an advertising plan for seeking job candidates, which includes spending $550 to advertise in the Peninsula Clarion, $2,100 for ads in the Anchorage Daily News, $400 to place an ad in the newsletter of the International City Management Association, $150 for a facsimile alert through the Alaska Municipal League and $336 to advertise in the National League of Cities weekly publication.

The position also will be listed on the Alaska Job Center Network. The listing service is free.

Applications are due in the assistant city manager’s office no later than Oct. 1.

City council members will select semifinalists by Nov. 15, conduct interviews and make a final decision on one candidate by January.

Kopp, who also is the Kenai police chief, has been receiving an additional $1,800 monthly stipend for fulfilling the city manager duties while continuing to serve as chief.

City officials have not revealed why Snow’s contract was not renewed, other than to say the decision was in the best interest of the city.

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