Rockland council expects to identify finalist for manager post

By Stephen Betts | May 15, 2017

Rockland — The Rockland City Council may soon identify the one finalist for the city manager job.

City councilors and members of the city manager search committee met for nearly 90 minutes Monday evening, May 15, in a closed-door session at City Hall.

After the meeting, Mayor Will Clayton issued a statement saying the search committee had made a unanimous recommendation for one candidate.

The committee interviewed candidates two weeks ago. The group had planned to interview five people, but has not revealed how many candidates were interviewed.

"The council was able to ask the members as a group and individually what separated their recommended candidate from the others and if the applicant pool was qualified," Clayton said.

The candidate has Maine ties and past managerial experience, the mayor said.

Clayton said the council will seek written permission from the candidate to release his name. He said the council will set up an interview with the finalist, as well as introducing the person to the department heads and citizens of Rockland.

"Understanding that this process takes time, we are hopeful to expedite it as quickly as we can. The search committee needs to be recognized and commended for what they have achieved and in the manner they did it in," the mayor said.

There were 28 applicants for the job.

Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director Audra Caler Bell has served as interim manager since James Chaousis resigned in June 2016.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 16, 2017 11:45

Attaboy !

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