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City Council edging closer to replacing outgoing administrator

June 4, 2014

To Be Determined, City Administrator, September 2014-??

With the clock counting down to City Administrator Keith Caldwell’s imminent departure, Bishop’s City Council looks to be on the verge of hiring his replacement.
Caldwell’s position was advertised both locally and nationally, resulting in a pool of candidates from across the Eastern Sierra and the country that the City Council has narrowed down to two top prospects.
According to Caldwell, the council’s final interview with one of those candidates is set for Monday during closed session of a special meeting called at noon.
Monday’s meeting with the City Council will be that individual’s second interview with the local officials. He or she was initially one of 20 applicants who responded to the city’s advertisements through the League of California Cities.
By the time the city began advertising at the state and national levels in April, it had already advertised the city administrator position locally during March. According to Caldwell, the local recruitment resulted in 12 applicants, who were narrowed down to six who were brought in for interviews. Four of those six were invited to come back for second interviews, and of those four, the City Council selected a top, local candidate for the City Administrator post, Caldwell said.
The individual being interviewed Monday is one of two finalists who were recently interviewed by the council via Skype.
It is anticipated that the council will have a better idea following Monday’s interview whether it wants to hire the local candidate or the outside prospect.
Caldwell was discovered via outside recruitment in 2007, when he was hired to serve as Bishop’s Community Services Director. He had been working as the Athletic Division Administrator in Athens, Ga. while also serving as the statewide program director for the U.S. Disabled Athletes Fund, Inc.
Caldwell has served as city administrator – as well as Public Works Director, City Clerk, Risk Manager and Finance Director – since January of 2012 when he was officially promoted from interim administrator to replace James Southworth, who left through “mutual” agreement with the city in August 2011. Southworth had been recruited to replace longtime City Administrator Rick Pucci, who retired from the city in 2010. He ran the following year for Third District Supervisor – a post to which he was re-elected on Tuesday after running unopposed.
Caldwell announced his impending resignation in January, explaining that, although he loved Bishop and his job with the city, he would be returning to Georgia to care for his ailing mother. He and wife Vicky are expected to relocate in late September.

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