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The interviews have been complete for two weeks now, but the Williston City Council is not rushing to hire a new city manager.
Only two agenda items were on last week’s pre-Thanksgiving meeting and one was the city manager selection process.
Council has contracted with Hunter Investigations to conduct background checks on the applicants.
Francis Hunter, the investigator presented the council with summaries from his findings prior to the Nov. 20 meeting, but that wasn’t enough for several councilmen.
“I’m not prepared to make a selection,” Councilor Cal Byrd said. “We paid a man to do a background check. We need to let him do it.”
Councilors Charles Goodman and Elihu Ross agreed, stating they wanted the full investigations in their hands–not just a summary–before they consider making a selection.
Goodman said he had several areas of concern with the preliminary summary, which makes receiving the full report even more important.
The complete investigative reports were expected to be at city hall this week.
Councilors asked the clerk to distribute them, which would give them time to fully read and review the reports prior to the Dec. 4 meeting.
The selection process is slated to appear on next week’s agenda.