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Aberdeen names commission to aid in search for city manager

Aberdeen's mayor and city council have chosen the members of a commission that will aid them in the search for a new city manager.

Mayor Patrick McGrady said Monday the commission will include Peter Dacey, Steve Johnson, Jason Kolligs and Daniel Lambros.

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McGrady said earlier this month he hopes to have a new city manager on board by August. Doug Miller, who held the position for a decade, took a similar position in Ocean City earlier this month.

The commission includes a representative chosen by each of the three council members, as well as one chosen by the mayor.

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Dacey served as Aberdeen's city manager for several years prior to Miller. Johnson owns a pharmacy in the city and has been active in city politics. Lambros is a licensed real estate broker.

Kolligs, a systems engineer, unsuccessfully ran for city council last year. McGrady recently tried to name him to the fourth council seat that has ; however, the nomination was rejected by the three city council members.

McGrady said the commission plans to hold its first meeting at City Hall Saturday.

The commission is expected to compile a list of desirable qualities for the manager, after which applications will be collected, candidate recommendations sought and the seven most highly rated candidates will be interviewed.

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Following the first round of interviews, the candidates will be narrowed down to three finalists to be presented to the mayor, according to an outline of the process McGrady released during the Feb 8 council meeting. The mayor would recommend an appointee to be voted upon by the council members.

Since Miller's departure, McGrady has been handling some city manager duties on an acting basis without pay. Miller's annual salary was $125,000.

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