With three potential candidates, and no more interview sessions planned, the Spokane Valley City Council is poised to make a selection on a new city manager Aug. 10.
The decision possibly could have come sooner, but the council is taking next Tuesday off in order to attend National Night Out events.
On July 22, a day after the Spokane Valley News Herald went to press, the city revealed the name of the third candidate for the job. He’s Paul Schmidt of Cheney, a former city administrator of that city and the current holder of that job of Oak Harbor, Wash. He was also the public works director in Cheney for 13 years, before taking over the head administration position for another seven.
Schmidt joins Michael Wilson, a city management consultant in Gig Harbor, and Acting City Manager Mike Jackson as the finalists for the job.
The council met for an hour behind closed doors on Tuesday before announcing it was nearing the end of the search.
“It’s been a long, drawn-out process,” Mayor Tom Towey said. “It’s very rewarding that we can conclude this process.”
Council Member Rose Dempsey echoed the sentiment.
“I’m glad that we’re getting to the end of this,” she said, adding that “we had some really good people apply.”
The Spokane Valley City Council – tipped in numbers to “Positive Change” membership, who had been elected last November – asked former City Manager David Mercier to resign in its Jan. 5 meeting. Jackson, the city’s deputy city manager, has been the acting city manager ever since.