Six candidates remain in the second search for Greenville’s new city manager.
The city received about 350 applications for the position, the holder of which serves as Greenville’s chief executive officer and is responsible for managing the city as a whole, implementing policies approved by City Council, hiring employees, and presenting an annual budget.
Greenville City Council members met with Greenville-based recruiting firm Find Great People during an executive session Monday to narrow the candidates from about the top 10 to six.
Additional screening of the remaining candidates, who were not identified, is underway, according to Leslie Fletcher, the city’s communications manager.
Under the state’s Freedom of Information Act, application materials of the top three finalists must be made public. Fletcher said the city anticipates announcing the finalists in mid-May.
Former city manager John Castile left his post with the city in August and became the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority’s executive director in September. Nancy Whitworth, the city’s deputy city manager and economic development director, has served as interim city manager.
The city paid $22,050 to Texas-based recruiting firm Springsted|Waters for the first search. Three finalists were selected, but one withdrew to become Asheville, North Carolina’s city manager. Council members interviewed the two remaining candidates but decided not to hire either.
Councilman Russell Stall has called Greenville a much larger city than its population suggests. He said that after the first search, the council realized it needed a search firm that better understood Greenville and the “Greenville way.”
City Council members approved spending $57,500 from the city’s fund balance to pay for the second search.