New Orleans, Louisiana 2020-10-17 02:31:00 –
WATERTOWN — City council members can elect a mayor soon next week.
They will meet with finalists in positions at the executive session on Sunday morning.
Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith did not say how many finalists to interview at a face-to-face meeting at City Hall on Tuesday night.
When asked if the number of finalists was reduced to three, four, or five, city council member Jesse Roshia replied “close” and refused to reveal the number of people interviewed.
Mayor Kenneth A. Mix, who was tentatively appointed in January last year, applied for a permanent position.
He is probably a finalist as he has led the city through a difficult financial crisis during the coronavirus pandemic. He also worked in the city’s planning department for 30 years and retired five years ago as a planning and community development coordinator.
Mr. Mix, who declined to comment, has tentatively taken up the position since former mayor Rick Finn suddenly resigned on January 24, alleging that Finn created a hostile working environment. I am.
Bradford Minick, who lived in Clayton and was the interim mayor before Finn was hired, is speculated that he may be interested because he applied for a similar position in Ogdensburg this summer but was not hired. there were.
“I don’t comment on that,” Minick said Wednesday, the first time the Watertown Daily Times have been able to contact him in the last few weeks.
Previously, I couldn’t comment on my potential interest in working in Watertown.
Members of the council narrowed down to four or five interviewed last month after showing interest in eight candidates for the Watertown position.
They received resumes from 29 applicants for positions paying an initial salary in the range of $ 110,000 to $ 130,000.
The search process was delayed due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19.
In November, Parks and Recreation supervisor Erin E. Gardner filed a complaint against Finn in the city and subsequently in the state’s Human Rights Department, alleging that Finn had created a hostile working environment. I did.
Finn resigned, but the city council determined that he did not create a hostile working environment, but discovered other problems that did not raise the level of the hostile working environment. He and members of the council agreed that he would resign.