Assembly refines manager interview process

At the conclusion of its regular meeting last night (Monday), the CBJ Assembly met behind closed doors to further refine the interview process for City Manager finalists Kim Kiefer and Norman “Buddy” Custard.

The Manager Hire Subcommittee reported to the full assembly in executive session on the work it has been doing over the last month. Subcommittee Chair, Assemblyman Carlton Smith gave a brief, generic outline of the group’s progress during the regular meeting.

“The process we’ve recommended would have three primary components,” said Smith. “One would be the assembly interview, the second would be a substantial written component, and then the third would be interaction with the public.”

To avoid tipping its hand to either candidate, the assembly is keeping specific details under wraps until the interviews, which could take place as soon as next week.

Kiefer is the current deputy city manager, while Custard is chief of staff for the U.S. Coast Guard’s District 17, based in Juneau. The assembly chose them as finalists for the city manager job last month (December).

Current Manager Rod Swope is retiring at the end of March. The assembly would like to have his replacement on the job at least two weeks before he leaves.

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