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The City Council met today to review the applicants for the city manager job vacant since the dismissal of Scott Meszaros last fall. GovHR Senior VP Rachel Skaggs presented information on seven applicants chosen by the staffing agency as the best candidates for the position.

Each council member was then instructed to choose two candidates from among the seven that they feel would best fit the position. Each council member independently chose the same two candidates: Janette Bower and Robert VanVolkenburgh. A third candidate, Scott McClure was later chosen for inclusion.

Bower currently serves as the city administrator for Wadena, Minnesota and brings 18 years’ experience to the position. VanVolkenburgh holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and currently serves as the chief of staff to the commissioner of Brevard County, Florida. McClure was formerly a city administrator for Canby, Oregon and brings 31 years’ experience to the post.

The council will now interview each of their three chosen candidates via video conference, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5 pm. If, after the interviews, it is decided that none of the three finalists fit the position, GovHR will continue to advertise the post to prospective hires. Full resumes information for all semi-finalists, including the candidates not chosen, is available from the City here.