Craig City Council narrows city manager search in meeting that violated Sunshine Law

Craig Press: In a special meeting Thursday, the Craig City Council reviewed candidates for city manager and determined to gather more information about 10 candidates. The meeting violated Colorado Open Meetings Law, as the meeting was not publicly posted 24 hours before the council convened.

During the meeting, Strategic Government Resources, the recruiting firm the city contracted to find a new city manager, presented 46 applicants to the city council.

Candidates were divided into three tiers, based on qualifications. The candidates who best fit the education and experience profile the city is seeking were placed in tier one. Craig Mayor John Ponikvar said council requested additional information, including a video response to interview questions and an internet background check, from 10 of the tier-one candidates.

Of those candidates, the council will select three to four finalists, who will undergo in-depth background checks and be invited to meet the community.

Ponikvar said he was encouraged by the number of quality candidates identified in the search. He added there were more high-quality candidates in this pool than in council’s 2016 search.

“I think we really have five or six top-notch candidates this time, so I’m excited,” Ponikvar said.

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