9 Candidates Remain In Watertown City Manager Search

9 Candidates Remain In Watertown City Manager Search

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It started with 18 applicants to fill the position of Watertown city manager and now...

"We're down to 9," said City Council Member Cody Horbacz.

City council members interviewed 3 of the 9 candidates over the phone last week and will interview the remaining 6 by phone on Monday and Tuesday nights.

"Some are within New York state, some are outside New York state so at this point we're doing the phone interviews to ask them questions. Each candidate has half an hour to answer our questions so it's gone smoothly so far," said City Council Member Lisa Ruggiero. "It gives us a chance to see how well they interview over the phone, how well they can talk, answer our questions, and some of them are off the cuff questions that they may not expect."

City council members say after the phone interviews are complete, they hope to whittle the pool of candidates down to 4 or 5 to come in for in-person interviews.

Former City Manager Sharon Addison left the job last month after city council voted to not renew her contract.

In her place is interim City Manager Brad Minnick, who is also being considered for the city manager job.

"We're in a good position right now because we have a city manager in place, so we don't have to rush this decision and that's the best position for us to be in. So we're going to take our time," said Horbacz.

city council members say they have qualified candidates to choose from.

"I've been really impressed by the resumes and a couple of the phone interviews have been really good too," said City Council Member Mark Walczyk.

"So far of the one's we've interviewed, there are a couple of standouts," said Ruggiero.

City council members say they hope to have a decision made as early as the end of this month and have someone in office in July.

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