As noted in a blog post Thursday, Davenport, Iowa City Manager Craig Malin had told media in his home town this week he wasn’t sure whether he’d make the trip to Tacoma next week to interview for the city manager’s job opening.
(Malin was among five candidates named as finalists for the job by the City Council on Tuesday . Other finalists included Tacoma’s interim city manager Rey Arellano, San Antonio, Texas assistant city manager TC Broadnax, Lakewood city manager Andrew Neiditz and Augusta, Georgia city administrator Frederick L. Russell, who withdrew his candidacy on Thursday.)
The City of Tacoma has set an intensive three-day interview schedule for the finalists, beginning with a tentatively scheduled appearance at a holiday reception on Wednesday, Dec. 7.
Malin told The News Tribune he won’t be at Wednesday’s reception — and still isn’t sure if he’ll make it for the remaining days of the interview process, set to run through next Saturday.
“I haven’t bought a ticket yet,” Malin said Friday. But that doesn’t mean he’s not interested in the job, he added.
Rather, Malin said he simply can’t make it here by Wednesday, as he’s committed to staying in Davenport that day for closed-door talks about soon-to-expire contracts with six public employee collective bargaining units.
“Tacoma has set an intensive interview schedule that takes four days out of a person’s life — and that can be very difficult for someone to do,” he said. “…But the city has been extremely gracious and accommodating to me. I respect that and will do my best to participate.”