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On Thursday Seward will move one step closer to hiring Janette Bower as its next city manager.  At noon on Thursday, April 1 the City Council will hold a special meeting to approve the terms of Bower’s hire. Council Members Sue McClure, John Osenga, and Ristine Casagranda formed the team negotiating Bower’s contract, which includes an annual salary of $140,000 and 20 days of paid leave per year. Bower will also be advanced $5,000 for moving expenses and 15 days of additional leave.

Initially one of three finalists for the post, Bower was invited to Seward for an in-person interview along with Robert Van Volkenburgh and Scott McClure. She was ultimately the only candidate remaining by the time of her visit, after both Van Volkenburgh and McClure withdrew their applications. After Bower’s March 17 in-person follow-up interview, the council elected to proceed in negotiating her contract.

Though not official until Thursday’s meeting, the Council is expected to approve the terms without issue, given their unanimous enthusiasm for Bower. If approved, Bower will assume her new post on May 24 and serve for three years before the terms of her contract may be renegotiated. Harbormaster Norm Regis will continue to serve as acting city manager until Bower’s arrival.