MERIDEN — The city manager search committee has narrowed its list to three candidates and expects to interview them in the coming weeks.
It’s been seven months since City Council Democrats voted to fire City Manager Guy Scaife, citing an elevating level of discord in City Hall. Scaife filed a federal lawsuit against the city in May.
The city is seeking candidates with “proven leadership and communication skills… who are excited about the economic resurgence of a diverse and historic city,” a job listing stated. The salary range for the position is between $160,000 and $170,000.
GovHR, hired to help with the search, vetted the 65 candidates who applied. Six were interviewed on video by the search committee and three were invited for in-person interviews, Human Resources Director Marci Nogueira said in an email.
The three candidates are a mix of Connecticut residents and out-of-state applicants, Nogueira said.
City Manager Search Committee Chairman Joseph Feest could not be reached for comment. City Councilor Michael Cardona, who is on the committee, expressed confidence in the remaining candidates.
“I feel great about the candidates that have come forward with their experience and I feel they are all high quality candidates,” Cardona said.
While the city initially hoped to hire a city manager by July 1, Cardona said September is a more realistic goal.
”Really as soon as possible,” Cardona said. “Hopefully no later than the end of September.
Nogueira said if a viable candidate is not identified, GovHR will continue to work with the search committee “until they are satisfied they have the right candidate.”