City manager candidates coming to town

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Names of the final four candidates in the search for West Liberty's next city manager have been announced. One candidate may be familiar to many residents already, WL Interim City Manager Lawrence McNaul.

"When I came here as police chief it was my goal to become a city manager somewhere, I want to be dedicated to a community," he said. "As I was fulfilling the interim position here I did a lot of work with the city, so I'd like to be held accountable for that work."

McNaul, who started as the WL police chief last July, has filled in as a temporary city manager for the city since late 2013. He's held both positions during the search.

If chosen he'll offer to stay on as the police chief as well, but ultimately that decision is up to the community and the city.

"I would like to continue on if people let me," he added, "But I'll listen to the community."

The other three candidates for city manager include Lowell Crow of Chesapeake,Va., Robert Museus of Belort, Wis. and Patrick "Ian" Rigg of Eldora, Iowa.

The council decided on the final four candidates during its last meeting in February. Vorhees Associates LLC, hired by the city to begin the search process, presented its 12 best candidates for deliberation.

The council chose its favorites and agreed to allow the candidates to bring their spouses to West Liberty for the final interviews.

The selection process reaches its peak during the weekend of March 14-15. All four candidates will be subjected to interviews from the council, department heads and community panel. Names for the community panel have not been released yet.

This final process begins on Friday, March 14, when candidates tour the community. After arriving in West Liberty they'll travel to city hall and be paired up with a department head that will show them the city. In the afternoon candidates will meet with all of the department heads.

That evening a community engagement reception will be held at the WL Public Library from 5-6:30 p.m. This will be the community's time to meet and speak with all four candidates in a one-on-one format.

Interviewing continues Saturday, March 15. Candidates will meet with a community panel from 8 a.m. until around 1:30 p.m. During the same time the council will interview candidates not in session with the community panel. Both groups will then recess for lunch.

In the early afternoon the community panel will present its opinions to the council, followed by the various department heads. The council will then whittle down the candidates from four to two.

A final interview will be held by the council for both candidates from 3:30 to 5 p.m. A final decision should follow shortly.

During their time in West Liberty candidates will be provided a room at the Hampton Inn in Muscatine. All costs incurred by the candidates, including meals and travel, will be reimbursed by the city.

The search for a new full time city manager has been going for nearly six months.
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