Submitted by Mike Copp, Interim City Administrator
It has been my pleasure to have served the City of Salida, its Mayor and Council and citizens as Interim City Administrator for the past four months. When I took this job in July, I never realized how special a place Salida is and how much the residents work at making it a great community. I have enjoyed my time as Interim Administrator, but part of my job was to help the Mayor and City Council find my replacement and hire a permanent City Administrator who will help lead the City for years to come.
We have narrowed the search for the City Administrator to six semi-finalists. We have asked these applicants to answer a series of questions posed to them and to have those answers on video. On Thursday November 20th the Mayor and Council reviewed these videos and will make a decision as to the finalists for the position. The names of the finalists will be made public.
The City will invite the finalists to Salida on December 4th to meet the City staff and to get a tour of the City and all of its facilities. That evening the City will host a “meet and greet” reception for the applicants. The social gathering will be open to the public and it will present a tremendous opportunity for all of the citizens of Salida to meet the City Administrator applicants and to let their Council members know their thoughts. The next morning the Mayor and City Council will have formal interviews with the administrator candidates. These interviews, as well as input from the City Staff and Salida citizens will form the basis for the selection of the new Salida City Administrator. This will be one of the most important decisions your mayor and Council members will make as it will determine the chief officer for the City for years to come. The new City Administrator should be on board and performing the duties of the office by early January.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Mayor and City Council for giving me the tremendous opportunity to be the Interim City Administrator for Salida. I would further like to thank them, all City employees and mostly all of the citizens of Salida for their support and kindness.