50 candidates apply for MLT city manager job

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City of MLT logoMountlake Terrace was able to take down the “Help Wanted” sign at City Hall earlier this month after 50 candidates from 15 states applied to fill the vacant position of city manager.

“It’s a good group; there’s some very strong candidates,” said Colin Baenziger, of Colin Baenziger & Associate, the executive recruiting firm handling the application process. City officials contracted with the firm to create a pool of candidates that the city council can select from to fill the top post at Mountlake Terrace City Hall.

No specific names on the list of candidates were released.

Baenziger outlined a timetable that puts the council on course to select a city manager on Jan. 27, 2014. The process will begin with Baenziger delivering candidate reports on Jan. 8.

“On the 13th we’ll review those reports and the candidates with you,” Baenziger told the council. “Then we would like you to pick finalists; and then approximately two weeks later, on the 24th and 25th, we’ll have the interviews.”

“Our goal would be to present you with between six and eight candidates to look at, and then to have you pick five, say, to interview,” he told the council.

A reception to introduce the finalists to the public is scheduled to take place on Friday, Jan. 24, from 6-7:30 p.m., at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center, formally known as the Mickey Corso Community Clubhouse at Ballinger Park, 23300 Lakeview Drive.

The city manager is the top executive at Mountlake Terrace City Hall, charged with managing and coordinating the overall operations of the city. The current vacancy in the office resulted after former City Manager John Caulfield resigned to take over the equivalent post for the City of Lakewood (Pierce County) in September.

— By Doug Petrowski

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