The Kodiak Island Borough Assembly interviewed its final two borough manager candidates on Saturday, but a final selection will not be made until later this week.
The assembly spent almost three hours questioning former Wethersfield, Conn. town manager Bonnie Therrien; and former Steamboat Springs, Colo. City manager Alan Lanning, then entered executive session to debate the merits of each of the final six candidates for the borough’s top unelected job.
In addition to Therrien and Lanning, the short list of finalists includes former Ketchikan Gateway Borough manager Roy Eckert, Bethel city manager Lee Foley, Old Harbor tribal administrator Fred Brooks and former Menominee, Mich. city manager Eric Strahl.
Following the executive session, Mayor Jerome Selby said the assembly is awaiting the results of a background check, something that should arrive by midweek. A special meeting was tentatively set for Wednesday, but on Sunday the borough website did not list a meeting on that date.
Rick Gifford left his job as borough manager in June to become manager for the Aleutians East Borough, and since then the role has been filled on an interim basis by community development director Bud Cassidy.
The hiring process began with 32 candidates. That list was narrowed to 15, and interviews conducted via Skype reduced the list of candidates to six.