More than 50 people want to manage the city of Kenai.
At least that's how many applied for the position, which came open this year after Linda Snow's contract was not renewed.
The application period has now closed with a total of 54 applicants stepping up, 27 of whom "appear to meet the minimum standards," according to acting City Manager Chuck Kopp.
Of the 27, eight are from Alaska two from the Kenai Peninsula.
Kopp said the city has prepared requests for additional information from the qualified applicants, who also will be required to complete background check waivers.
"We'll also ask them questions specific to the position," he said.
By the end of October, the applicants will be required to submit a discussion of any public controversy they may have been involved in, as well as any news articles about their positions on issues.
The city also will ask them their philosophy on the role of city manager.
Kopp said the Kenai City Council will then review the applications and resumes and set a finalist list.
He expects possibly two or three candidates to be placed on the finalist list but said it could be as few as one.
As acting city manager, Kopp said he will support the council and its decisions on putting together the final list.
Hiring may come as soon as December, he said.
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