Burkburnett Close to Choosing New City Manager

Mayor Carl Law announced Tuesday that the Burkburnett City Council has narrowed the field to 15 contenders to become Burkburnett's next City Manager. Mayor Carl Law says Interim City Manager Don Ives is among the final candidates.

Here is more from the Burkburnett press release:

Burkburnett's executive search consultant Ron Holifield, of SGR Executive Search will gather additional information on the 15 candidates which the City Council will then review to narrow the field further.

Mayor Law indicated that the Council was "highly impressed with the very strong national field of contenders" for the position.  A total of 63 candidates applied for the position, with 26 from Texas, six from Arizona, four each from Illinois, Kansas and Missouri, and the remainder from 18 other states.     

Of the 15 candidates still in contention, 10 are experienced City Managers, one is a County Manager, 2 are Assistant City Managers, and two are municipal department heads.    Seven are from Texas, two each are from Arizona and Illinois, and one each is from Kansas, Maine, Missouri and Wisconsin.  The sizes of communities they have most recently served ranges from 2,000 to over 90,000 population.          

The search process began with the consultant spending several days in Burkburnett, visiting with the Mayor and each council member, as well as key staff members.  Based on that process, the City Council adopted an "ideal candidate profile" that included a track record of stability and sustained success in local government management, with heavy emphasis upon both oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to build trust throughout the community.  The Council also indicated that they were looking for someone with a track record of sustained success in local government. 

Mayor Law described the process candidates were going through as "extremely rigorous".  He indicated that the City hopes to be conducting interviews with 4-6 finalists by mid March. 

Former City Manager Mike Slye held the post for more than a decade. He resigned his position in November 2010.