New Watertown City Manager Could Be Named Next WeekPosted: Updated:
Former Watertown City Manager Sharon Addison left in May after city council decided to not renew her contract. Council has been searching for a replacement and now some members say they're close to making a decision - very close.
"I would not be surprised if we're not ready to make an announcement within the next week or so," said Watertown City Council Member Lisa Ruggiero.
According to some council members, five candidates have been interviewed in person, background checks have been performed and council has checked with references. Some candidates are local and some are from outside New York state - as far away as Florida. Council Member Mark Walczyk says all the candidates are qualified for the job.
"All of the candidates brought something to the table, the last five were really very excellent," he said.
Interim City Manager Brad Minnick says he has also interviewed for the position.
Some city council members say having someone on the job already makes the process of finding a new city manager easier.
"We have some time that we can make the phone calls, do a lot of research and dive deep into the backgrounds of these candidates," said Council Member Cody Horbacz
Ruggiero and Horbacz say they would like the new city manager to start by August.