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Tacoma: Council’s choice for city manager won’t come for a week

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Dec. 13, 2011 at 8:28 pm with No Comments »
December 13, 2011 8:28 pm

Who will be Tacoma’s next city manager? That answer won’t come for another week.

Tacoma’s City Council decided Tuesday to take an extra week to consider three remaining finalists for the city’s top job. The council is now expected to make its choice on Dec. 20 – the final regular council meeting of 2011.

“Given that this is the most important decision a council can make, I really appreciate an extra week to back-check references and make a couple more phone calls,” Councilman David Boe said Tuesday.

Remaining finalists include Tacoma’s interim City Manager Rey Arellano, San Antonio, Tex., assistant city manager T.C. Broadnax, and Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz. Two other named finalists previously withdrew from contention.

The council met to discuss the finalists during closed-door meetings on Monday and Tuesday, but several members said later Tuesday they weren’t ready to take a vote.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland said all three finalists are qualified for the job, but the decision comes down to determining “who’s the best fit” for Tacoma.

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