City manager candidates to meet and greet Valdez
Shortlist of names and resumes made public by city last week
Valdez Star file photo
Robert Jean of University Place, Washington has been the city's interim city manager since July. His contract with the city expires this December.
Four candidates hoping to be the next city manager will visit Valdez Thursday - and you are invited to come meet the applicants face to face.
"A community reception to meet the candidates will be held on Thursday,
October 8, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in the Civic Center conference room," the city said through a press release sent by Allie Hendrickson, who is deputy city clerk and one of the city's two public information officers. "The reception is open to the public and light refreshments will be served."
Four candidates - including a familiar face - will attend the reception.
Lisa Von Bargen, the city current executive director of the economic development department, is on the shortlist of candidates.
Three others will travel to Valdez from out of state. They are: Elke Doom of Princeton, West Virginia; Tito Alberto Haes of Duarte, California; and Dennis Ragsdale of Saint Cloud, Florida.
A fifth candidate, James F. Coleman of Lady Lake, Florida, withdrew his name from consideration soon after being named to the shortlist of candidates.
The shortlist was announced Friday after the Valdez City Council held an executive session last Thursday night to pare down the list of candidates who applied to be the next top administrator in Valdez. The candidates were first vetted by Slavin Associates, the firm hired by council to aid in the city's search for a new permanent city manager.
The city said it will hold interviews with the candidates Friday.
"Three panels consisting of City Council, City staff, and community leaders will interview finalists on Friday, October 9, 2015," the city said. "Final selection of the new City Manager is scheduled for inclusion on the October 13, 2015 regular City Council meeting agenda."