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October new target for filling city admin job

Sep 6, 2017 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Riverton City Council hopes to fill the city administrator position by the end of October.

Following Tuesday's regular council meeting, the council met in an executive session to learn more about the eight candidates who applied for the position.

The application period closed on Friday.

It's the second formal application process for position since former administrator Steven Weaver departed last winter.

Former city staffer Courtney Bohlender, who had retired, has been filling the job in the interim. She is not interested in the permanent position.

Mayor Lars Baker described the new field as "really strong candidates."

The city hopes to have video interviews scheduled by next week and face-to-face interviews the week after that.

"Based on those interviews, we'll try to identify two to three people to bring in" for the final selection process, Baker said.

The city has to "act fast," he noted because these individuals are applying to several other similar positions at the same time with other cities.

Baker said he's hopeful with this batch of candidates as they also come with "well-developed careers."

"I'm thinking we'll have face-to-face interview opportunities within two weeks," he said. "We hope to get someone here by the end of October."

In an effort to attract more applicants, the city recently upped the salary for the position by $5,000 to $10,000.

After Weaver resigned to accept a position in Casa Grande, Arizona, the job was first advertised with a $95,000-$120,000 salary in April. The new salary range, adopted last month, ranges from $100,000 to $130,000.

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