Council to Continue City Manager Deliberations

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- The Des Moines City Council will meet again Tuesday in closed session to discuss the search for a city manager.

Monday’s closed session lasted nearly three hours.

City leaders interviewed four finalists in July but the person they were going to offer the job to withdrew from consideration.

The council is meeting with consultants to decide how to move forward with the search.

Larry Hulse has been working as interim city manager.

Officials reopened the application pool this summer.

After Monday’s meeting, officials would not say how many people applied this time around but say they are looking at seven to ten candidates which they will now do background checks on.

Mayor Cownie says they could hire a new city manager as early as October or November.

The city also needs to hire a new Public Works director and police chief. Officials hope to have those positions filled by the end of the year.