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Search continues for new city manager

With the application closing date approaching this Thursday for the Sunnyside city manager job opening, the city council last night prepared the way for phase two of the search.

Council members during the Monday night meeting signed off on a list of 10 questions for those candidates who make it through the first round of screening.

The questions were prepared by consultant Scott Staples, who is also Grandview's city administrator, and range from the ability to deal with controversy or conflict to interactions with council, staff and the community.

To date, 19 applications have been submitted for the city manager post, and a screening committee will meet this Friday to begin winnowing the list down to a handful of semifinalists who will be asked to answer the list of 10 questions in writing by April 10.

Staples suggested telephone interviews with the narrowed list of applicants. He said the written responses will give an idea of the "thought processes" of each applicant. But, Staples added, the inclusion of a telephone interview would also provide a sense of how the applicant responds in a discussion format.

Council accepted the 10 questions as presented, and agreed that phone interviews will be set up with the semifinalists.

Staples said he pulled the 10 questions from a list of 1,500, with the goal of finding questions that best provide an idea if the candidate is a good fit for the city. He said the idea is to do "a good job of matchmaking."

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