There are two weeks left in the search for Claremore's next city manager.
This week, Claremore Mayor Bill Flanagan said he wants the community to actively participate in the final steps of the selection process for the next city manager.
"We have two weeks left to advertise. We have 35 applications already," Flanagan said. "I'm looking for volunteers from the council to help review all of those applications and resumes."
He added that applications are confidential under the public records act so the community cannot help in that step, but they can contribute.
"When we narrow it down to two or three we have a public meet and greet. The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and meet potential candidates. We will have a public event, they'll have the opportunity to talk to them and listen," Flanagan said. "We appreciate public input in setting that up and how that process should go. We want everyone to get the chance to talk to the final candidates and get to know them a bit."
When asked what characteristics he's personally hoping to find in the next candidate he said: "Someone that's willing to listen and to learn, and does what's, in the long term, in the best interest of the city. Someone who understands that we're all working for the same end goal. Someone with focus and ability to stick to a plan and agreed upon solutions. A good, quality person that knows the business."
He added,"We want someone with real life experience who can get the job done."
After eight years in the position, Jim Thomas submitted his resignation from the position of city manager on July 3. On July 6, city council approved the settlement amount for Thomas, $173,106.11 and named John Feary as the acting city manager. The city announced the beginning of the search for city manager candidates at July 23.