Although members of the Englewood City Council had said there would be only five finalists for the city manager position, they announced six names on Aug. 7 — all from out of state.
• Mary Lou Brown, current city administrator of the City of Grand Island, Neb. She holds a master's degree in finance from Creighton University.
• Timothy Ray Hacker, interim parks and recreation director of the City of Las Vegas and former city manager of North Las Vegas. He holds a master's of public administration from Southern Illinois University.
• Eric A. Keck, chief operating officer of Ground Force Worldwide in Post Falls, Idaho, and former city administrator of Post Falls. He holds an MPA from the University of Dayton.
• James R. Nichols most recently served as assistant city manager of the City of Midland, Texas. He holds a master's in environmental engineering from the University of Connecticut.
• Steven P. Norwood, current city manager of the City of Round Rock, Texas. He holds a master's in urban affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington.
• Roy T. Witherow, current assistant village manager of Lake Zurich, Ill. He holds an MPA from Northern Illinois University.
The candidates were interviewed by city council on Aug. 11, and a public reception was held that evening for community leaders and members of the general public to meet the candidates and provide feedback to council.
Council then met in executive session on Aug. 12 to discuss the candidates, and expects to announce the final decision by Aug. 22.
Following current City Manager Gary Sears' announcement in March that he will retire at the end of August, council hired Slavin Management Consultants to conduct a nationwide search for his replacement. More than 100 candidates applied for the position. The field was narrowed to 13 finalists, and during an executive session on July 14, council selected the final six candidates.
Since then, the consulting firm has been conducting background checks and additional reviews on them.The candidates' resumes are posted on the city's website, www.englewoodgov.org, under the “Inside City Hall” tab on the top of the homepage. Once that tab is open click on the “Hot Topics” tab.