Columbia Closer to Choosing City Manager
A closed meeting between the mayor and the city council will most likely determine the next city manager, but even if the council does make a decision the public may not know right away.
"There needs to be negotiation and all that so probably an announcement won't get made until not only have we made a decision but the candidate has accepted the offer," Ward Six Councilman Brian Ash said.
The council receive input from the community, but hasn't discussed its opinions on the candidates yet.
"You get insights that you yourself didn't have and so people are sending their opinions based on any number of factors," said Mayor Darwin Hindman.
One of the most important factors in the city council's decision so far has been the candidate's experience in leading a city about the size of Columbia. This is the first change in Columbia's city manager in 20 years. The mayor said the winning candidate will probably bring a balance of innovation and tradition.
"We're looking at going along--somewhat along the lines we've already been going along. But that doesn't mean would couldn't use some new ideas because I'm sure we could," Hindman said.
The candidates the council is considering are Norton Bonaparte, Steve Rasmussen, Larry Stevens, Sean Stegall and Bill Watkins. A decision is in sight but there's no set time frame for naming Columbia's new city manager.