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The City of Clinton had narrowed a list of more than 40 applicants for the city manager’s position down to seven last month, and has now whittled it further — to five — in recent weeks.

“We’ve reviewed the pool of candidates,” said Clinton Mayor Lew Starling. “We’ve narrowed it down to five. We will be reviewing them over the next few weeks.”

The original timeline was to have the city manager selected by early September, but the review process was put behind by several minor factors — vacation and scheduling issues in setting up interviews — and the city’s Human Resources director, Lisa Carter, said last month that unless major headway was made the selection would likely come in late September, if then.

“We’re a little behind on that timeline,” Carter has said. “Unless things progress quicker from this point, it will probably be the latter part of September, maybe.”

Shawn Purvis has served as interim manager since the beginning of May, when John Connet formally announced he would be leaving for the managerial post in Hendersonville. Purvis has been assistant city manager for Clinton since 2008, also assuming the role of finance director in 2011.

Connet, who served as Clinton’s city manager since July 2002, officially left the city at the end of May.

Just prior to his departure, the City Council approved hiring executive search firm Springsted to assist with the recruitment and selection of a new city manager. Carter said 43 applicants have been reviewed and the list narrowed in recent months. The remaining five will be reviewed further by City Council, with assistance from Springsted in the screening process.

Starling said an announcement would likely come “within the next 60 days.”

“I think it will be fairly quickly,” Starling said of a decision.

Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 121 or via email at cberendt@civitasmedia.com.

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