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DeKalb names final 5 city manager candidates

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 5:26 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 11:56 p.m. CDT

DeKALB – DeKalb leaders released the names of their top five candidates for city manager, but no other details about the group that will arrive Friday for interviews.

The five candidates, which City Council members whittled down from 50 applications, will have separate interviews Friday with City Council members, city staff and two citizens’ groups. They are, in no particular order: Roger W. Fraser, Anne Marie Gaura, Raymond B. Keller, Susan K. McLaughlin, and Rudy Espiritu, DeKalb’s interim city manager.

Under DeKalb’s form of government, the City Council sets policy and the city manager carries it out. The city manager compiles the city’s annual budget, oversees all city employees and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of government. The city manager reports to the City Council.

Mayor John Rey and search consultant Mark Morien declined to reveal more information about their backgrounds or qualifications. Rey released the information in a news release after receiving a Freedom of Information Act request for it.

“At this point, my understanding is we can’t give out personally sensitive information, but we felt that the candidate names were legitimate to release for that FOIA request,” Rey said.

After the interviews this week, council members will meet in private Nov. 9 to interview the top two or three candidates. Ultimately, Rey will present his top choice to aldermen for their approval in open session. Rey hopes to have the hire in place by January.

The council in July voted to hire a search firm to identify candidates to fill the position and narrow the field to the top 10 to 12 contenders. The plan was to post the job announcement on various web sites with an application deadline in September.

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