The Augusta City Council has a good problem.
The hunt for a new city manager will be like shooting fish in a barrel. More than 40 people applied for the job and 17 of those met the minimum requirements.
“You have a lovely challenge,” Marla Flentje – a consultant with the Austin Peters group said. “Not everyone has that many good candidates to consider.”
Because of that, Flentje asked the governing body to consider appointing a subcommittee to consider a larger group of about 10 semi-finalists to narrow the list down to a group of five finalists and perhaps one alternate who would come before the entire council for formal interviews.
“I have only given this option once before,” Flentje said. “But you have an exceptional pool of candidates.”
The governing body agreed that a subcommittee would help move the process along.
“I think that is a great idea,” said Councilor Sue Jones. “It would allow us to be more hands on in determining which candidates to interview.”
Ron Reavis was concerned that a subcommittee would alienate council members who wanted to be involved in the process.
But Mayor Kristey Williams explained that the subcommittee would merely be selected finalists. All of the resumes that the subcommittee considered would be presented to the board when the semifinalists are chosen.
Councilor Mike Wallace nominated Jones, Matt Malone and Reavis to serve on the subcommittee with Mayor Kristey Williams. Jason Lowery seconded the motion that passed unanimously.
Flentje will work with the subcommittee to lead the discussion and prepare a report for the governing body. The group will meet after the budget hearing on August 12 at City Hall. That portion of the meeting will not be open to the public.