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City Manager - Meet, Greet Top Candidates
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With the start of the new year, appointment of a new city manager for the 'City of Action' is finally on the horizon.

Residents are invited to the Riverbank Teen Center on Tuesday, Jan. 17 for an open house to meet the top three candidates for Riverbank's vacant city manager position. Doors will be open at 6:30 p.m. and refreshments served.

The identity of the chosen three will not be known until immediately prior to the open house. Comment cards will be available for those in attendance to record their opinions, which will be reviewed by Riverbank City Council members the following morning in closed session shortly before the council makes its choice for the new city leader.

Executive search company Avery & Associates of Los Gatos, hired by the city, has been interviewing applicants for several months. Faced with about two score applicants, Riverbank City Council was due to review the application packets and the company's notes on interviews in closed session this past Monday (Jan. 9) to reduce the field to about six candidates.

Next Tuesday, Jan. 17, council members will interview applicants again in closed session to narrow the field to about three finalists who will attend the mixer at the Teen Center that evening so residents can meet and chat with them.

The following day, council will meet again behind closed doors to consider residents' comments and conduct final interviews of the remaining candidates.

After making their choice, city officials plan for Avery & Associates to negotiate a contract and for a new city manager to come on board by March.

The salary range is advertised at between $125,000 and $152,000 depending on experience and qualifications.

The new appointee will replace Rich Holmer, who had served the city since 1995 but was placed on administrative leave at the end of March, 2011 and fired in June for allegedly harassing a female employee. He has denied the charges.

Interim City Manager Pam Carder has been on board at the city since April of 2011 and will continue to serve until a new city manager is hired.

The Teen Center is at 3600-A Santa Fe, next door to the Riverbank Community Center. Residents with questions about the event should call Administrative Analyst Luanne Bain at 209-863-7116 or e-mail her at