SUNNYSIDE -- The city of Sunnyside is now down to four finalists in its selection process for a new city manager.
A fifth candidate, Craig Ward, former city manager of SeaTac, has accepted an offer with another city and has withdrawn his application for Sunnyside's top administrative post.
At the end of the week, the remaining candidates -- Mark Gervasi, city manager of Tillamook, Ore.; Garold "Jerry" Gillham, former city manager of Lakeport, Calif.; Byron Olson, director of finance and administrative services for Sunnyside; and Martha "Marty" Wine, assistant chief administrative officer for Renton -- will visit Sunnyside for a public social gathering and interviews with an advisory committee and the city council.
The public gathering will be 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Sunnyside Community Center.
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The city council plans to discuss the qualifications of the applicants in executive session at Friday's regular meeting, then discuss the next step in public, said Mayor Jim Restucci.
The city manager position has been vacant since June 2009 when the city council fired Eric Swansen after 11 months on the job. Two city administrators and a city councilman then resigned within a few days of Swansen's departure.
Public Works Director Jim Bridges has been filling the role in the interim. He did not apply for the permanent post.