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The City of Phoenix is zeroing in on a new city manager

(KTVL/ Kimberly Kolliner)

Throughout the course of the last 3 months the city has received 31 applications from all over the county.

They've now narrowed their search to 3 candidates one of which will take over as the permanent city manager.

Over Four months ago that former city manager, Jamie McLeod, was voted out by the council without warning.

Dave Tanner stepped in as interim city manager and has been working on finding the perfect fit for the city based on experience and compatibility with its small city government structure.

"Phoenix is such a small organization that the city manager is the one that's actually doing the work so it's a much different experience. You need someone who is accustomed to actually digging in the dirt and getting their fingernails dirty," said David Tanner, Interim City Manager, City of Phoenix.

Tanner has found six qualified candidates from the state of Oregon that know budget and land use laws that are unique to the state so that the learning curve is less steep when they come in.

The city will have a public input meeting next Thursday to meet the candidates and asses their qualifications.

Tanner hopes to have someone in the permanent position by the end of August.

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