Lacey Council down to 8 manager finalists

Eight candidates are in the running for the Lacey city manager job, and an announcement on the finalists is expected this week, according to the mayor.

After a two-hour executive session Thursday, the council agreed on the semifinalist list, pared down from 34 names. Prothman Co., the executive search firm hired by the city, will contact and interview the semifinalists this week.

Lacey Mayor Tom Nelson said Monday that he expects the council to emerge from executive session Thursday with four or five finalists.

Nelson said he couldn’t reveal any names but said the semifinalist list includes “a mixture of in-state and out-of-state” applicants. He also declined to reveal whether Lacey assistant city manager Scott Spence – who said he applied for the position – is still in the mix.

“These semifinalists are a good bunch,” Nelson said. “They’ve got some good experience, and we’re looking forward to narrowing it down and getting some good interviewing in.”

A public reception with the finalists is set for Aug. 4, with interviews slated for the next evening. The council could make a final decision on the night of the interviews.

The council is in complete agreement on the eight candidates, council member Andy Ryder said. He added that the council is looking for someone with the same qualities as recently retired city manager Greg Cuoio.

“If something’s not broken, don’t fix it,” he said. “We know what has worked with the city of Lacey for a long time.”

The firm received 52 applications; 34 were forwarded to the council. Greg Prothman, president of the executive search firm, said his company sent out about 700 letters to managers and administrators of cities of comparable size in 11 western states.

Nate Hulings: 360-754-5476