Bethel City Council Launches Search for New City Manager

by Ben Matheson on May 22, 2014

Bethel City Council Members review applicants for interim city manager. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

Bethel City Council Members review applicants for interim city manager. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

At a meeting Wednesday evening the Bethel City Council announced that they had three applicants for the position of interim city manager.

The Bethel City Council will interview the applicants next week for the position which became open after they fired former City Manager Lee Foley last week. The council settled on a pay range of $9,000 to $12,000 with no benefits besides a $2,000 housing allowance and the use of a car.

That position will last between 60 and 90 days, depending on the search for the permanent manager. Port Director Pete Williams has been serving as acting city manager.

The city will keep the position open because the job was only listed locally and on the city website for four full days, but it was advertised through the Alaska Municipal League longer.

The council also launched the search for the permanent city manager. They elected to do the search in house instead of hiring an agency to bring in candidates. If they need assistance after a month, they will reach out to recruiters. They settled on a pay range of $90,000 to 120,000 and directed the city attorney to work on a draft contract.

The council also went into executive session about the recent investigation of administrative and personnel matters.

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