Chandler has narrowed a list of finalists for city manager to five people.
Four of the contenders are from Arizona, while the fifth is from the East Coast.
The finalists are:
• James Bourey of Chandler, the former executive director for the Maricopa Association of Governments. Bourey most recently was CEO for El Dorado County, Calif. He earned a bachelor's degree from North Carolina State University and graduated with two master's degrees from Washington University, according to his resume. He has served in various administrative positions for several counties and cities.
• Patrick Flynn of Tempe, a former assistant city manager for Tempe and currently a consultant. Flynn has held several government positions including accounting manager, auditor and financial system coordinator. Flynn left the city government in July after about 17 years, serving as assistant city manager for the last six years. He earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Wisconsin.
• Michael Letcher of Tucson, who is the deputy city manager for the city. His earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas. He is a certified public manager with the International City/County Management Association and a graduate of the Southwest Leadership Institute. Letcher has 20 years of municipal management experience in cities of all sizes and has served in many cities including Sedona and Kansas City, Mo.
• Mark Pentz of Rockville, Md. He is the city manager for Rockville, where he has held the position since 1998. He served as city manager for Leavenworth, Kan., and Mexico, Mo. He also has served in assistant administrative positions in Liberty, Mo., and Olathe, Kan. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Kansas at Lawrence, according to his resume.
• William Pupo of Surprise, who was city manager for the northwest Valley city from April 2000 to June 2003. He also was city manager for Spokane, Wash., and assistant city manager in Spokane. He earned his bachelor's degree from Washington State University and his master's degree from Gonzaga University in Washington.
Chandler's City Council will fill a vacancy created when City Manager Donna Dreska resigned April 25 after differences arose with the City Council and the police department.
The council retained the national search firm Shannon Executive Search to narrow the list of applicants from 42, said city spokesman Dave Bigos.
Bigos said the city plans to interview the candidates beginning in November.
Assistant city manager Pat McDermott, who's been with the city since 1989, is acting city manager until a city manager is hired.