Midtown Raleigh News

Council to pick city manager by Oct. 1

The City Council plans to pick a new city manager by Oct. 1, just before this fall’s council elections.

The timeline, set by the council last Monday, means council members will not have to deal with questions of whether the current council or potential newcomers will make the final pick.

The council voted 6-2 to fire city manager Russell Allen in April. His last day is June 30. Perry James, the city’s chief financial officer, will be the interim manager.

The council also decided to use a hybrid selection process, meaning members will develop criteria they would like the new manager to meet but use an outside firm to find and screen candidates. One goal of using the outside firm is to attract a larger applicant pool.

“We don’t want just the best talent who happens to be on Monster.com that day,” said Councilman Bonner Gaylord.

After the council and city department heads come up with a final list of criteria, the public will have an opportunity to view and comment on it.