Council will pare city manager list

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

For the second time in less than 18 months,  the Williston City Council will be paring down an applicant list from which a new city manager will be hired.

Council members will meet at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29 in a workshop to  hone down a list of 11 to four or five applicants who will be considered for the position vacated by the termination of Patrick Miller in June.

Dr. Oel Wingo, one of the 11 on the list, has been acting as interim city manager since Miller’s contract was terminated.

More than 40 people applied for the position. Mark Durbin, an independent consultant through the Range Riders, pre-screened the applications, resumes and supporting materials and made his recommendation of 11 candidates to the council Oct. 4.

Last week, the council agreed to further pare down the list and then interview the short list candidates.

In addition to Wingo, Durbin’s recommendations include: Mark Campbel­­­­l, James Gitz, Scott Lippman of Williston, Lillie Latimore from Gainesville, Danny Lucas from South Carolina, John Metsopoulous from Connecticut, Brooks Stayer from Bartow, Robert Museus from Wisconsin, Michael Nagy from Kentucky and Carl Rowland from Georgia.

The city council will also meet Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. to further discuss negotiations with Progress Energy to continue as the city’s electricity provider.

A final workshop next week will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. to discuss the positions of city clerk and city manager.

Council President Jason Cason told the council this would be the time to roll up their sleeves “and get our elbows dirty.”

The workshop is to discuss duties of the clerk and who that position answers to–the city manager or the council.