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The City of Williamsburg is pressing on in its search to replace retiring City Manager Jack Tuttle this week.
The Williamsburg City Council is holding three special meetings this week to interview candidates for the position, which has been held by Tuttle since 1991.
The meetings, which will be held Tuesday through Thursday, will not be open to the public.
Mayor Clyde Haulman said this week’s meetings would be the first round of candidate interviews, with a potential second round coming at a later date. He added City Council hoped to have an offer out by “mid-July,” with a candidate ready to begin not long after Tuttle’s June 30 retirement.
In May, Haulman said the city had received about 55 applications for the city manager position, and hoped to narrow that down to a pool of “five to eight” candidates to interview.
The search for the city’s next city manager began in November, when Tuttle announced he would retire at the end of June.
The city opened a public comment period on its website from Feb. 27 through March 6 seeking input on the hiring process and what residents wanted to see in Williamsburg’s next city manager. The question received seven responses from city residents and students at the College of William & Mary.
The public responses focused on several key issues, including knowledge of tourism promotion, economic development strategies and familiarity with the student population.
Haulman also said Springstead Inc., the search firm hired by the city to assist in the hiring process, had spoken with city residents to collect input on the next city manager search.
Residents can still comment on the hiring process by speaking at City Council meetings during the board’s open forum period, or by contacting members directly by telephone or email.
The post of city manager is approved by the City Council, and serves at the council’s pleasure. The city manager is responsible for implementing policies established by the City Council, and leads municipal departments and offices.