At a meeting Wednesday, City Council members will interview search-firm executives hoping to help the city select its next top bureaucrat.
Council members will meet separately with representatives from six search firms that hope to guide them in finding a replacement for Grant Brimhall, who retired as city manager last month.
The firms vying for the job include Norm Roberts and Associates of Los Angeles; David M. Griffith of Sacramento; Hughes, Perry and Associates of San Francisco; Shannon Associates of Sacramento; Western Executive Search from Sacramento; and William Avery and Associates from San Francisco, said Greg Eckman, the city's human resources manager.
The six were culled from nine firms that applied for the job.
"Most, if not all, are experienced in working with elected bodies searching for a top-level executive," Eckman said. "Several have worked with local cities. Almost all have experience in recruiting a city manager."
Each firm sent a detailed plan that it would follow to recruit a city manager. Depending on the firm, the process could cost between $13,500 and $22,000 and last between 13 and 16 weeks.
After interviews and deliberations, the City Council could hire a particular firm or narrow the field, Eckman added.
The meeting will take place in the Founders Room of the Probst Theater, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Public comments will be accepted before the council meets in closed session.