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City narrows administrator search

The Clarendon Enterprise of Clarendon, Texas

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Clarendon aldermen had narrowed their search for the city's next administrator and were deliberating on a final choice as the Enterprise went to press this week.

The Board of Aldermen held a marathon day-long meeting Saturday, January 24, and interviewed five candidates for the city's top job. Mayor Larry Hicks said the city had strong candidates to choose from. "We got it narrowed from five to two Saturday," Hicks said a few hours before aldermen met again Tuesday night. "I expect we will have an administrator picked tonight."

Hicks would not identify the two leading candidates but said both prospects have good experience and that either one would do a good job for the city.

City Secretary Machiel Covey said Saturday's interviews at the

Burton Memorial Library were all held in open session with the board only going in to closed session periodically to discuss the candidates."Each one was given the choice of if they wanted it closed or open, and they were fine with it being open," she said.

Covey said the board met from 10 a.m. to about 4:40 p.m. with a break for lunch. Individual interview times ranged from about 25 minutes to over an hour.

Hicks said having the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission assist with the search and interview process was invaluable to the city."PRPC did a wonderful job," he said. "They are the reason we had such good applicants to choose from."

Candidates on Saturday were G.A. "Buster" Poling, Jr., former city manager of Bovina; Peter D.

Kampfer, Alamosa, Colo., county administrator; Jeff Poindexter, a wastewater treatment plant operator in Amarillo; Gary Campbell, self-employed online marketing businessman and Clarendon's representative on the Greenbelt Water Authority board; and David Dock-ery, former city administrator in Johnson City.

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Original Publication Date: January 29, 2015

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