Newport Beach is closer to getting a new city manager after a round of interviews this week.
The City Council interviewed seven candidates in closed-door meetings Monday out of a pool of 72 applicants.
“Three of the best and most experienced applicants” will advance to a second interview during a special closed meeting at 9 a.m. Monday at City Hall, the city said Friday. The interviews were moved up from Aug. 13, the date the city previously announced.
The city said the council will not appoint a new city manager at Monday’s meeting.
The city has declined to name the three finalists, pending a formal public records request by the Daily Pilot.
Monday’s interviews were held away from City Hall, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa in Newport Center, at Roberts’ suggestion to protect the identities of applicants, Harp said.
The city manager serves as Newport’s top administrative official at the pleasure of the City Council, overseeing about 900 employees and a budget this year of about $337 million. The job pays between about $188,000 and $282,000 per year, according to a recruitment brochure produced by Roberts.
The outgoing city manager, Dave Kiff, plans to leave his post on Aug. 31. He has worked for Newport Beach since 1998 and as city manager since 2009.