Wednesday, September 15, 2010
GRANDVIEW - And then there were two.
With only two in-house city administrator candidates to choose from, the Grandview City Council and Mayor Norm Childress met twice last night, Tuesday, in executive session to deliberate on the applicants' qualifications.
The two employees who applied for the city administrator position are Cus Arteaga and Elizabeth Alba.
Arteaga, likely the front-runner for the post, is a long-time public works director for the city. Arteaga was named interim city administrator earlier this year following the resignation of Scott Staples.
Alba is Grandview's deputy city clerk and deputy city treasurer. In addition, Alba, who has a Master's degree, has experience that includes serving as a part-time faculty member for YVCC. She also organized the recent Great Grape Stomp in Grandview.
The first executive session last night was an hour-long meeting prior to the city council meeting. The second was a 30-minute executive session after the meeting.
No action was taken on the hiring process after either session.
Councilman Harv Rodriguez recused himself from both executive sessions. He did not indicate to the press why or whether he is related to either Alba or Arteaga.
Childress said he is seeking input from the city council as to which of the two candidates to choose, or whether the city should open up the hiring process to include applicants from outside of Grandview city government.
Grandview has not advertised the city administrator vacancy beyond city hall, preferring to give first shot at the post to current city employees.
Childress said he anticipates reaching a decision by the next city council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 28.