31 vying to fill city manager position

The City and Borough of Juneau Assembly reviewed about 30 city manager applications during a special meeting, held entirely in executive session, Tuesday night.

The Assembly narrowed the list of 31 candidates to “a slightly smaller pool,” and will conduct phone interviews Monday to put together a short list of finalists, according to Deputy City Manager Mila Cosgrove.

If this feels familiar, that’s because it is. About four months ago, after reviewing about the same number of applications — 33 to be exact — the Assembly opted to extend the city manager search. That was in an effort to have “a robust pool of candidates,” late mayor Greg Fisk said at the time. Only four to six candidates from the orginal pool of 33 were held over and reviewed Tuesday, Cosgrove said.

Cosgrove said that the Assembly wants to bring the final few candidates to town in early March for a last round of interviews.

Current City Manager Kim Kiefer pushed her retirement from the end of 2015 to April 30 of this year to accommodate a longer search period. The Assembly would like to have Kiefer’s role filled by the time she leaves, and Cosgrove said that it is “still within the timeline to make that happen.”

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