Phoenix residents can meet candidates today for new city manager

PHOENIX — Residents are invited to a 6 p.m. session in the Phoenix library courtyard today to help city officials screen the town's next city manager.

The reception will provide an opportunity to meet the three finalists for the job, selected from 20 applicants earlier this year. City officials hope to have one of the three on board by July.

Finalists for the position are ACCESS community planning director Ed Angeletti, city of Grants Pass economic development coordinator Steve Dahl and Phoenix finance director Steve Weber.

Interim City Manager Eli Naffah, who was working a limited schedule, will leave the city in coming weeks.

With the city facing budget constraints, Mayor Jeff Bellah said last month that City Council members opted to consider lesser-qualified, entry-level candidates who would work for five days each week for 80 percent of the standard city manager salary.

Angeletti, of Medford, is a former Marine with experience in city government from Baltimore, Md. Dahl, who lives in Grants Pass but is willing to relocate for the Phoenix position, previously worked in Grant County.

Weber, Phoenix's finance director since last February and a Central Point resident, was previously finance officer for ACCESS and an auditor for an accounting firm in Medford. ACCESS operates food pantries and provides other supplies and resources for low income people in Jackson County.

Naffah said the search for a new manager yielded a variety of qualified candidates with interesting backgrounds.

City officials decided to move forward in a search for a full-time manager because Naffah was able to commit to only a maximum of four days per week on site. He was hired in January 2012 after the resignation of city manager Jane Turner.

An additional concern was that Naffah lives in Crescent City, limiting his availability to city staff.

Naffah said he would miss the community he had grown familiar with over the past 18 months and noted he had assisted the council in the process of seeking a new manager to "make sure the city is in good hands."

"I see things as evolving and continuing in my line of work," Naffah said.

"If my services are needed for anything in the future, which I see a lot of potential here, then I will be more than glad through my consulting work to help the city with whatever they may need."

The Phoenix library is at 510 First St.

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