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City Manager Selection Starting
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Riverbank government authorities plan to offer residents "some input" on the selection of their new city manager, although the ultimate choice will remain with the members of the Riverbank City Council.

The council members are currently planning to host an open house for the top three candidates at the Teen Center on the evening of Jan 17 and invite residents to meet and chat with the three frontrunners, according to a schedule decided by Interim City Manager Pam Carder and the council at its last meeting.

Then the next morning, on Jan. 18, council members will conduct final interviews and make their final selection before negotiating the chosen candidate's pay and working conditions.

Applications for the position are due to close this Friday, Dec. 2. The personnel selection firm of Avery & Associates of Los Gatos will then review the applications for the purpose of making a recommendation to the council on the top six by Jan. 9.

A former city manager of Lathrop and a former Riverbank planning director, Carder came out of retirement to serve first as a Local Redevelopment Agency assistant and then interim city manager when former City Manager Rich Holmer was dismissed following allegations of harassment of employees brought against him last April. Holmer served the city for 15 years, the longest tenure of any city manager in the nine cities of Stanislaus County.