TUMWATER - The four finalists for Tumwater city administrator will be interviewed Friday and Saturday.
The winner will succeed City Administrator Doug Baker, who, along with his boss, Mayor Ralph Osgood, is leaving city government at the end of the month.
The hiring process is the first sign of a changing of the guard in the Tumwater city administration. Osgood was elected in 1993, and one of his first decisions as mayor was to appoint Baker, who was the acting city administrator at the time. Now Mayor-elect Pete Kmet, in his first key decision after being sworn in, will appoint the administrator he will work alongside in the coming years.
Osgood said he and Baker are trying to stay out of the recruitment process led by Kmet.
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“We’re kind of on the periphery of it, providing assistance and guidance as needed,” Osgood said.
Under Tumwater’s form of government, the elected mayor is the city’s chief executive and can appoint an administrator to guide daily operations at City Hall.
Kmet and city human resources staff members selected the finalists from a pool of 66 applicants.
“I think we have four great candidates,” Kmet said. “I’m really pleased with the group we got.”
The finalists are:
Leonard Bauer, managing director of Growth Management Services for the state Commerce Department in Olympia. The program assists local governments and state agencies in managing growth. He worked as a planner for Tumwater from 1991 to 1999.
Bill Brandon, city manager for Fircrest, a community of 6,300 west of Tacoma. He has worked in municipal governments for nearly 25 years. He was a city councilman in Happy Valley, OR, for four years.
John Doan, city administrator for Sumner, which has 9,000 residents. He has nearly 25 years of experience in municipal government, including work for the city of Seattle.
Mark Hoppen, former acting public works director for the city of Puyallup, which has more than 38,000 people. He served as a city councilman in Gig Harbor in the early 1990s, then was city administrator until 2006. In November, Hoppen lost in his bid to return to the Gig Harbor City Council. He holds a doctorate in education from Seattle University.
The base salary range advertised for the position was between $120,924 to $134,364 a year.
In addition, the deadline is approaching for temporary appointment to the council seat Kmet is vacating. The City Council will make the appointment; interviews are scheduled for Dec. 19. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday; no one has applied so far. The seat would be up for election in November. The term expires in December 2011.
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