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According to the City of Tacoma’s website, City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz is one of four finalists for Tacoma’s city manager position. The finalists will be interviewed by Tacoma’s City Council and Executive Leadership team May 11 and 12, followed by a televised meeting with the public the evening of May 12.
The website gives no indication when a hiring announcment will be made. The position has been vacant since February, though Tacoma knew as early as December that its previous City Manager, T.C. Broadnax, would be leaving to take over as the City Manager of Dallas, Texas.
Tacoma, a city of about 200,000 located just south of Seattle, is the third largest city the state of Washington, after Seattle and Spokane. Evanston has a population of about 76,000.
Tacoma is conducting a nationwide search for its new city manager. The other three finalists hail from Fayetteville, N.C. (Kristoff Bauer), Amarillo, Texas. (Robert Cowell, Jr.), and Port Townsend, Wash., by way of Riverside, Cal. (Belinda Graham).
City Council brought Mr. Bobkiewicz to Evanston from Santa Paula, Cal., (population about 30,000) in July 2009. He served that community for about seven years.
New Mayor Steve Hagerty takes office on May 8, and will be joined by three new aldermen, Robin Rue, Tom Suffredin, and Cicely Fleming. They join six returning aldermen. Should Mr. Bobkiewicz accept a new position, one of the new Council’s first major tasks will be hiring a new City Manager.