Monday, June 20, 2016

Scottsdale Arizona: Permanent City Manager Process Update

For those of you who have not had the chance to follow the City Council’s process of hiring a permanent city manager, I thought you would appreciate an update on the process.

The city received interest in the position from more than 80 applicants.  Over several months, the list was reduced to three finalists.  Councilmembers met with the candidates last Wednesday and Thursday for one-on-one interviews.  Thursday evening the three candidates made presentations to the Council during a public meeting in the Kiva.

Following the presentations, Councilmembers went into an executive session to privately discuss how we wanted to move forward.  We deliberated for three hours because we were acutely aware of how important it is to the city and community to hire the right city manager.

We were not convinced that any of the candidates would be a good fit for Scottsdale.  So we agreed to ask the recruiter, the Mercer Group, to initiate a search for more candidates.  We were assured the process would be expedited and that we would see new candidates this fall.

Our citizens hold Scottsdale to a higher standard than other cities, as well they should.  Citizens have an expectation that the employees who work for them are the best we can find.  I respect that, and based my decision about how to proceed with the city manager process on the standards our citizens set.

As my Dad used to say: “The success of any business is 99% due to its people and having the right people in the right positions.”

PS:  My campaign yard signs are ready.  I hope you will display one (or more) at your home or business.  You can arrange to receive a sign by contacting my campaign’s Allies of Korte Coordinator (A-OK) Dana Close at
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