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The City of Williamsburg is moving forward with the search for its next city manager.
The Williamsburg City Council and members of city staff met with representatives of Springstead Inc., a Dallas-based executive recruitment firm, to review applications for the city’s soon-to-be vacant city manager position.
Current City Manager Jack Tuttle announced in November he will retire from the position effective June 30.
Mayor Clyde Haulman said the city had received about 55 applications for the city manager position, and Springsted would assist in the process of narrowing that pool down to “five to eight” candidates for interviews.
Haulman said the City Council hoped to schedule interviews with candidates for the first week of June, with a decision coming in mid-July.
The position of city manager is approved by the City Council, and the city manager serves at the council’s pleasure.
In November, Haulman said he expected the next city manager to continue addressing issues important to the growth and development of the city, including long-term fiscal viability, its transitioning economic base and navigating relationships with Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary.
Tuttle has served as Williamsburg’s city manager since 1991, and is the sixth person to serve in that role since 1932.
Prior to coming to Williamsburg, Tuttle spent seven years as the city manager of Gulf Breeze, Fla. He served for four years as an ensign in the U.S. Navy, and served 26 years as a Naval Reserve officer.
Tuttle received a master’s degree in public administration from the University of West Florida in 1978.