City has at least 59 city manager applicants

By Frank Lewis

August 8, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

The city of Portsmouth must have a city manager in place by the first of the year, and now they are in the process of working with the consultant they have contracted to narrow down the number of applicants. The city is working with Catherine Parrish of Novak Consulting, to handle the influx of applications.

“I talked to our consultants today and we have 59 applicants,” President of Portsmouth City Council Steve Sturgill said.

The next step is trimming down the list to those most qualifed.

“What we hired their expertise for is to go through them and recommend the top tier candidates,” First Ward Councilman Kevin W. Johnson said. “That could be five. It could be eight, which we then will cut back to like three to bring into Portsmouth to interview.”

Sturgill said there will be movement in the process later this month.

“Our next meeting with the consulting firm will be on Aug. 19,” Sturgill said. “They will be coming here to review the applicants and go over what they would consider to be their strongest candidates. That will actually start our process.”

The city of Portsmouth is offering $90,000 to $120,000 hiring salary range for the person who takes the job.

Portsmouth voters decided to change the city’s form of government from mayoral to council/city manager beginning in January of 2014, and then formed a committee to help put together plans to implement the new government, and to hire a consulting firm to search for applicants.

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