BANGOR, Maine — City councilors plan to meet Thursday for dinner with their top candidate for the vacant position of city manager and their hope is that the individual will accept the job.
The identity of the candidate is being withheld until a formal decision is made, City Council Chairman Richard Stone said Wednesday, but he confirmed that the individual is not from Maine.
Thursday’s meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Thistle’s, a local restaurant. At any point, the council could vote to go into executive session if it wanted to talk about personnel matters.
Before Thursday’s dinner meeting, councilors will meet briefly in City Council chambers to set a public hearing date of Sept. 13 for nearly 20 proposed changes to the municipal charter.
In July, councilors narrowed the list to three finalists, each of whom was brought to Bangor to interview in person for the position left vacant last year when longtime manager Ed Barrett stepped down. Barrett has since moved on to take over as city administrator in Lewiston.
Stone and other councilors have said that the top candidate received unanimous support of the council and was formally offered the job late last week.
By municipal charter, the City Council oversees the contracts of four positions: city manager, city solicitor, city clerk and city assessor. In January, councilors hired the Mercer Group, an Atlanta-based recruitment firm, to conduct the search for Barrett’s replacement. The city paid $16,500 for the firm’s services and up to $8,000 in other costs such as travel and advertising.
Bob Farrar, who was Barrett’s assistant city manager for several years, was appointed interim city manager soon after his boss left. Farrar did not apply for the job permanently and is expected to return to his position of assistant city manager and human resources director once the city manager post is filled.