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Will it be Arellano? Broadnax? Or Neiditz? Tacoma City Manager could be named tonight

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Dec. 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm with No Comments »
December 20, 2011 12:57 pm

Sometime this evening, Tacoma may have its next city manager.

The City Council is expected to publicly discuss — and may vote on — the three remaining finalists vying for the city’s top government job at tonight’s regular council meeting.

The finalists include Tacoma interim city manager Rey Arellano, San Antonio assistant city manager T.C. Broadnax and Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz (See our profiles of the finalists here).

The council’s discussion tonight follows a closed-door meeting set for 1:30 p.m. today, when council members are expected to talk about the finalists’ qualifications in private.

After several closed door meetings last week, the council opted to take another week to consider the candidates.

Mayor Marilyn Strickland said last week the three remaining candidates all are qualified to lead Tacoma. The council’s decision will come down to which finalist council members think will be the best fit for the city, she said.

The city has been without a permanent chief administrator since the council ousted former City Manager Eric Anderson in July and named Arellano as the interim chief.  After more than 60 candidates nationwide applied for the job opening, the council named five finalists last month. Two finalists later withdrew their candidacies.

The advertised pay range for the city manager’s job is about $185,000 to $235,000 per year.

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