Six months after Chandler’s top administrator resigned, the City Council is ready to sit down this week for face-to-face interviews with five potential replacements pared down from 84 applicants.
The list includes a former Maricopa Association of Governments official who was fired from his last job as chief executive administrator for a California county and a former city manager of Surprise whose contract wasn’t renewed.
There’s also a retired assistant city manager from Tempe, a deputy city manager from Tucson and the city manager of a Maryland city with a population of 50,000.
Council members said they are happy with the results of the search conducted by Shannon Executive Search at a cost of $18,000.
The council, which will interview candidates Friday, wants to have the position filled by the end of the year.
The city manager will oversee about 1,450 employees and be responsible for a $600 million annual budget.
• James Bourey has 24 years of administrative and management experience. He has worked in seven cities and counties from California to Florida, serving in positions such as county administrator and director of planning.
Bourey was fired from his last job after serving four months as the chief administrative officer for El Dorado County, Calif.
He took the position after resigning as the executive director for Maricopa Association of Governments, where he worked for 4 1 /2 years.
Bourey would not elaborate on the specifics of why he was fired from his last position, but said, "There was one elected official who demanded that I do things that were unethical and inappropriate and when I wouldn’t do those things, he wanted somebody else in that position."
Members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors did not return calls. But a May 5 article in the Mountain Democrat newspaper reported El Dorado Chairwoman Helen Baumann had become concerned with Bourey’s "fiscal philosophy and management style."
• William Pupo has 26 years of management experience, including more than three years as the city manager for Surprise. He also was employed by Spokane, Wash., where he worked for 22 years, including two years as city manager.
Surprise did not renew its contract with Pupo when it was up in June. The council, which had just been inducted following an election, voted 4-2 with one abstention to allow Pupo’s employment as city manager to end.
Surprise Councilman Tom Allen said Pupo was an "excellent city manager" but became the victim of a newly elected council.
• Patrick Flynn worked for Tempe since 1986 before taking an early retirement option offered by the city in July.
He served in various positions including assistant city manager, deputy city manager and management services director. Flynn also served in various positions for Milwaukee.
• Tucson deputy city manager Michael Letcher has 23 years of management experience, including four years as the city manager in Winooski, Vt., and seven years as the city manager of Sedona.
• Mark Pentz, the city manager of Rockville, Md., has 26 years of management experience. He currently oversees 525 full-time employees and deals with an annual operating budget of $69 million.