The Juneau Assembly has scheduled interviews with City Manager finalists Kim Kiefer and Norman “Buddy” Custard.
CBJ Human Resources Director Mila Cosgrove says the process is set to take place the week of January 23rd.
“On Wednesday January 25th, there’ll be an opportunity for the public to come and hear both candidates make a short presentation as well as attend a public reception,” says Cosgrove. “And then on Saturday the 28th, they will meet in closed session with both candidates for more of a traditional interview process.”
Both candidates will also be asked to complete a written exercise. Cosgrove says that component will not be made public, since it’s considered part of the selection materials the assembly will use to choose a new manager.
Current Manager Rod Swope retires on March 31st. Kiefer is his deputy, while Custard is chief of staff for the US Coast Guard’s District 17 in Alaska, which is based in Juneau. The assembly hopes to offer the job to one of them by the end of this month.
City Manager and City Attorney are the only positions hired by the assembly.
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