2017-01-06 / Community

City manager search underway

By Wm. Duke Harrington
Staff Writer

SOUTH PORTLAND — South Portland is in the home stretch of its second attempt to replace longtime city manager Jim Gailey, who resigned in June to become assistant manager of Cumberland County.

Following an extensive search process, in November the city council settled on a final candidate from among 23 applicants, but that person declined the offer after his name was announced, forcing the council to conduct a do-over.

According to interim City Manager Don Gerrish – whose consulting firm, Eaton Peabody, conducted both job hunts for the same $10,500 fee – the second cast of the next call for resumes drew a slightly larger batch of candidates. On Tuesday, Gerrish said 33 people applied for the job on the second go-round. Eaton Peabody culled that to what it believed were the 10 best candidates, Gerrish said, and the city council has selected six of those applicants for interviews. Those interviews will be conducted Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Thursday, Jan. 12, Gerrish said.

Following the previous procedure, those six will be winnowed by the council to two finalist, both of whose names will be made public prior to the scheduling of a public reception. Following the meet-and-greet with residents, meetings with department heads and second-round interviews, the council will then make its final choice, possibly as soon as early February.

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