Thursday, 07 December 2023

Councils will discuss new leadership next week

Clearlake is seeking a new city administrator and Lakeport a new city manager. The councils of both cities will discuss the latest news regarding recruitment at meetings planned for Jan. 9.

In Clearlake, Mayor Judy Thein reported that last week that the City Council was meeting to consider candidates for city administrator in a special Jan. 3 meeting.

The agenda for a special Clearlake City Council meeting planned for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 includes a staff report on the “interim city administrator.” An announcement could be forthcoming; Thein said in a recent interview that interim City Administrator Rober Van Nort must cease his service by February due to the constraints of his public retirement.

Besides the city administrator, the City Council will discuss several other personnel-related matters at the Jan. 9 meeting, including reorganizing the Community Development Department.

The CDD's proposed reorganization includes reclassifying the planning technician to assistant planner, reclassifying one position of building inspector to senior building inspector, reclassifying one position of secretary-office assistant II to permit technician and cutting on building inspector position.

There also will be three closed session subjects, involving city administrator and interim police captain appointment, and a public performance evaluation of the city attorney.

Lakeport to decide hiring process

Meanwhile, at the other end of the lake, Lakeport's City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at which time it will decide the next step in the process for hiring a new city manager, said City Attorney Steve Brookes.

Brookes said the Roseville firm of Bob Murray & Associates is conducting the city manager recruitment, and that so far 27 resumes have been submitted for the job. The candidates' pool, Brookes said, is reported to have a number of very good candidates.

“The search team has narrowed its finalists down,” said Brookes. “They've made several groupings of candidates and those groupings will be forwarded to the council for their review.”

During its recruitment for police chief last year, Brookes said the City Council used three committees to interview the final seven or eight candidates.

The council will now need to decide if they want to use the same committee process, Brookes said.

Once the council makes its process selection, there are several more steps, Brookes said, including holding interviews, making a conditional employment offer, negotiating a contract and conducting any appropriate background checks on the individual.

“All those steps take time,” he said, which makes it difficult to estimate when Lakeport will have a new manager at city hall.

This will be Lakeport's second city manager. The city adopted the city manager form of government in 2001 when it hired Randy Johnsen, who left the city manager spot last year.

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