Public invited to observe city manager candidate interviews
Finalists for the Sandy city manager position will be interviewed by Sandy City Council at 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd.
This meeting is open to the public. Council will convene in executive session for deliberatations. The council is expected to adjourn from executive session and take a vote on the town's next city manager.
The city of Sandy released the names, but no other information, of the candidates on Nov. 9. To be interviewed by Council Nov. 10 are Jordan Wheeler, Nathan George, Heidi Bell and W. Blair Larsen.
The city is in the final stages of selecting its new leadership as current city manager Kim Yamashita prepares for retirement.
Three committees comprising city department heads, city employees and community members will interview the finalists. Friday, Nov. 9, the panels will meet and interview the finalists at Sandy City Hall, the Sandy Public Library and the Sandy Fire District. These meetings are also open to the public, but there will not be an opportunity for public input.
• The panel of department heads meets at 7:30 a.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 39250 Pioneer Blvd.
• The employee panel meets at 7:30 a.m. in the community room at the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd.
• The community panel meets in the second-floor conference room at the Sandy Fire Station, 17460 Bruns Ave.
The search for Yamashita's replacement began in September with the appointment of a hiring committee, comprising members of Sandy City Council, the city's Human Resources Manager Angie Welty, community members and other community stakeholders. Those six people spent the last two months narrowing down the applicant pool from 30 candidates to four.
That committee included:
• City Councilor John Hamblin;
• City Councilor Jan Lee;
• Ken Bucchi, human resources director of the Oregon Trail School District;
• Phil Schneider, chief of the Sandy Fire District;
• DJ Anderson, sales manager of Suburban Auto Group; and,
• Angie Welty, human resources manager, city of Sandy.