Rockland may announce manager finalists
Rockland — The city manager search committee has recommended that the names of the two eventual finalists for Rockland's top administrative post be made public prior to a selection by the council.
The search committee's proposal will go before the City Council for a vote Monday, Feb. 13.
There will be a summary provided about the two finalists and a public event for the finalists if the council agrees to the committee's recommendations.
The committee also wants the city to set aside $8,500 to hire the Maine Municipal Association to assist in the search process, as well as for expenses such as advertising.
A timetable for advertising and interviewing candidates has not yet been determined.
At the council's Thursday, Feb. 2, meeting, a proposal by Mayor Will Clayton to allow former Councilor Larry Pritchett to remain on the search committee failed on a tie vote.
Pritchett resigned from the council Jan. 31, but had wanted to remain on the search committee.
At the Feb. 2 meeting, Councilors Ed Glaser and Valli Geiger voted against appointing Pritchett as a third community member to the search committee. Clayton and Councilor Adam Ackor voted for Pritchett's appointment.
Geiger said there are other citizens who had wanted to serve on the committee and it was not fair to allow Pritchett to move ahead of those people.
Glaser said Pritchett dominated the previous meeting of the search committee, arguing against the former councilor's remaining on the panel.
Clayton had wanted to appoint Pritchett as an additional citizen representative and have Geiger replace Pritchett as a council representative to the panel. The 2-2 vote, however, blocked both of those moves.
There remain seven members of the panel -- Stephen Carroll and Constance Hayes are community members, Ackor represents the council, Fire Chief Christopher Whytock and finance department member Wanda Harvey are municipal employees on the panel and Patricia Moran Wotton and Chelsea Avirett will represent the city's personnel board.
Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director Audra Caler Bell has served as interim manager since James Chaousis resigned in June 2016.