City Manager Doug Russell A Finalist For Montana Position

*** UPDATE *** Here is the story that ran in the Press & Dakotan today. This is the story in the Flathead Beacon.


It was announced today that Yankton City Manager Doug Russell is a finalist for a position in Kalispell, Montana.

The profession of city managers typically doesn’t allow them to let their roots grow too deep in a community. Russell began his position in Yankton during 2008, and it’s not uncommon for city managers to move on after four or five years in one place.

In speaking with Russell, he has family ties in the Kalispell area that make it particularly attractive. However, he stressed the job search in no way reflects badly upon Yankton. He is happy in the community and is excited about the economic progress being made.

Interviews with the three Kalispell candidates are scheduled for the end of March.

Check the Press & Dakotan tomorrow for a more complete report.

In the meantime, has the story:

KALISPELL- Then there were three. Kalispell city officials say that they’ve narrowed their search for a new city manager down to a trio of applicants.

The City Manager Selection Committee, which was appointed by Mayor Tammi Fisher, narrowed the field of applicants from 44 down to four, but the fourth finalist had to withdraw their name from consideration due to a family emergency.

The finalists are Doug Russell, the current city manager of Yankton, South Dakota; Tom Steele of Pleasant Grove Utah, who served as West Jordan, Utah City Manager from 2009 until 20112; and John Sutherland Jr. of Santa Fé New Mexico was most recently the County Manager of Luna County New Mexico from 2009 to 2011.

Read the rest here.

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