Online Poll: Should finalists for city manager be named publicly?

Mar 16, 2017

Rockland — This week we are asking:

"Should the names of the top candidates for the city manager position be made public?"

Some argue publicizing the names of the finalists would allow the press and public to research the candidates' past performance in other communities where they have worked. Others argue it would discourage good applicants who do not want to risk damaging their relationship with their present employers. Where do you stand?

See attached chart for results from last week where most favored wind turbines off Monhegan.

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Results appear first in The Courier-Gazette and are published online each Thursday at 11 a.m.

For more information email Dan Dunkle at or call 594-4401 ext. 122.

Editor's note: On The Line polls are not scientific samplings of local opinion, but they do offer readers an opportunity to share their views online and in the newspaper.

Comments (6)
Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Mar 17, 2017 13:10

Forgot to ask [seriously] . . .


It is taking over one full year to find a new city manager.

But the search committee will accept applications for a period of just 3 weeks . . . .

How can you find the best and brightest candidates in such a short period of time???

Unless you already found them . . . .

Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Mar 17, 2017 10:18

Thank you Chris Donlin, I have taken Dan Dunkle to task over this this issue before. He feels that it comes close to being accurate.  I do believe the city has announced finalists before as well.


Not to toss salt on wounds but to add purpose to the act of selecting from the list of candidates, had we Googled last time, imagine the outcome?  I am all for privacy but applying to be a public official is unlike some positions and other cities and towns do publicize the names of finalists as do school districts for top positions.


There have been 3 names bandied about for the last 9 months and Mr. Myslabodski has eluded to two and the third was the boss of Ms. Caler Bell at her previous job in Brunswick. He was a finalist last time around.  He might have been appointed back when the last manager resigned but the then Mayor had to admonish the Council and others that it is not okay to leak names. One main question remains. Why is it taking a year?  Perhaps for the fallout to die down so one of these 3 can slide into the position. Vote for "the new day, a new beginning".

Could that be the odor of gas I am detecting?

Posted by: Christopher Donlin | Mar 17, 2017 08:43

I kno this poll is "for entertainment purposes only", but when a dialog box invites you to "submit another response" isn't the result, which will have its own headline once the votes are tallied, absolutely meaningless?  This gives "Vote Early, Vote Often" a whole new ring.

Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Mar 16, 2017 22:26

Call me Krazy

The finalist are:  Audra-Calder-Bell & Kevin Beal.


Still, we all must fake surprise the day they are announced . . . .

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 16, 2017 16:41

It is not proper procedure to release applicants names for a position. Some applicants have other positions and desire to leave, but desire to have another position in hand to go to before giving notice.

Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Mar 16, 2017 11:07

The City voters elect the City Council - it is they and their designee s that should know the names of the applicants.  It is crazy to reveal any until you have the final and an employment agreement.


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