DIXON – As of Monday, 14 people have applied to be the city's first administrator.
At the City Council meeting, Police Chief Danny Langloss, special assistant to the council, laid out the next steps for hiring an administrator by the first or second week of October.
Applicants still have until Sept. 9 to send résumés, Langloss said.
Once that deadline hits, a "narrowing committee" made up of Commissioners Jeff Kuhn and Dennis Considine, city department heads, local professionals and Langloss will review the résumés and narrow down candidates to a manageable number.
A second committee consisting of the city's commissioners, Mayor Jim Burke and whoever else they wish to appoint to the panel will review and interview the final applicants in late September, Langloss said.
Ideally, the top two or three candidates will visit the community, and there may be a meet-and-greet so citizens can ask them questions. The City Council will make the final determination, Langloss said.
The council will negotiate salary and benefits with the top candidate in closed session. A study of comparable cities with administrators has been conducted to serve as a guideline during that process, Langloss said. The position was advertised with a salary range of $95,000 to $110,000.
The top candidate also will undergo a thorough background check by an independent agency, Langloss said.
Commissioners were given an administrator profile Monday. The profile, created from input from department heads, includes what qualities are wanted when it comes to personality, management and leadership.
The city is asking for candidates with a master's degree in public administration and at least 3 to 5 years of professional experience.
If the city votes for a managerial form of government in November 2014, will these candidates be qualified to make the conversion to city manager? Burke asked.
"That would be no problem at all," Langloss said. "The only authority we are not giving them by ordinance that a manager would have is the ability to hire and fire department heads. We won't miss a beat."
Earlier this month, the governmental task force appointed by Burke to evaluate the city's form of government recommended a city manager form, which gives the administrator duties by state law. In the current commission form, the administrator's duties have been outlined by ordinance passed by the City Council.
The City Council decided to hire an administrator after it was revealed former City Engineer and Public Works Director Shawn Ortgiesen used city-issued credit cards for personal items.
Earlier this month, the council approved a job description and advertised in several local and professional outlets.
A candidate has applied from as far away as Florida, and a few others also are from out of state, Langloss said.
A pamphlet about Dixon is being made and will be sent next week to all candidates, Langloss said.
"We want candidates to see this and wow them and make them excited to come here."