Two months after the Cary Town Council decided to restart its search for a new town manager, the firm in charge of the search brought a new round of applicants to the table.
At a special meeting Monday, Waters and Company Executive Recruitment presented a list of applicants to the council during closed session. Forty-one people applied.
“I, for one, am very optimistic about the group of qualified professionals who are interested in Cary,” Mayor Harold Weinbrecht said in an email Monday.
He said the council would meet with several of its top picks over the next month.
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“We don’t have a specific date we’re shooting for to hire the new manager,” Weinbrecht said. “But of course, we want it to happen as quickly as possible, being sure that every council member has the time he or she needs to participate in the process.”
Waters and Company was selected in August to conduct the search after longtime Town Manager Ben Shivar announced in June that he would retire Sept. 30.
After a four-month long national search in 2015, the council decided in December to restart the process after not coming to a unanimous decision on any of the three finalists, which included an internal candidate and an out-of-state candidate.
Relaunching the search is not expected to cost the town more money. The town’s $23,500 contract with Waters and Company will be billed in phases. The town will not have to pay in full until a candidate accepts an offer from the town.
Deputy Town Manager Mike Bajorek continues to serve as interim town manager.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608, @KTrogdon