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Clearwater city officials start second search for new city manager

Southwest Times Record logo Southwest Times Record 6/17/2021 Abbi Ross, Fort Smith Times Record
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City Administrator Carl Geffken, a finalist for a city manager job in Florida, will remain in Fort Smith for at least another month.

City officials in Clearwater, Florida, announced a second wave this week in their search for a new city manager after the other three finalists removed themselves from consideration and final interviews were delayed.

a man reading a book: Fort Smith City Administrator Carl Geffken discusses the city's 2021 budget at a Board of Directors study session Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in the Fort Smith Convention Center. Department requests are expected to drive the 2021 deficit up, but Geffken believes the city's budget surplus from 2020 will help pay for it. © MAX BRYAN/TIMES RECORD Fort Smith City Administrator Carl Geffken discusses the city's 2021 budget at a Board of Directors study session Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in the Fort Smith Convention Center. Department requests are expected to drive the 2021 deficit up, but Geffken believes the city's budget surplus from 2020 will help pay for it.

One of the two candidates was unable to travel to Florida due to a family medical emergency, according to an article by the Tampa Bay Times.

The decision for the second round of applicants came at a special city council meeting Monday, according to the article.

While one council member suggested rescheduling interviews with Geffken and Kevin Woods, city manager city of Thornton, Colorado, the other four board members agreed on starting over.

The new search will result in 30 days of advertising and new recommendations submitted to the city. Geffken and Woods will remain in the process.

The new city manager will replace Bill Horne, who is retiring from the Clearwater administrator position after 20 years.

This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Clearwater city officials start second search for new city manager

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