Russell Making Pitch To Kalispell This Week

If you read my story in Tuesday’s Press & Dakotan about Monday night’s City Commission meeting, you know that City Manager Doug Russell was not there.

Where was he?

Well, you might recall that he is in the running for a city manager job in Kalispell, Mont. This is the week when he meets with the public there and undergoes an interview process with the Kalispell City Council.

According to the Daily Inter Lake:

Russell, Steele and Sutherland will tour Kalispell and meet with city department heads and staff on Wednesday. They then will attend a public reception at the Conrad Mansion Museum on Thursday.

Sponsored by Glacier Bank and Sykes’ Market, the reception runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

The Kalispell City Council will interview the three finalists Friday.

Interviews are scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. and expected to continue through 4 p.m. Held at Kalispell City Hall, the interviews are open to the public.

Russell did an interview with Tom Lotshaw of the Daily Inter Lake that was published Sunday. It begins:

One of three finalists for Kalispell’s city manager job, Doug Russell sees a chance to move to a beautiful part of Montana and bring his two children closer to their maternal grandparents in Great Falls.

“We try to make it out to the Flathead every summer when it’s nice and warm and the cherries are out,” said Russell, the city manager of Yankton, S.D., a city of about 14,500 people on the Missouri River in the state’s southeast corner.

Russell, who is 38 and the youngest of the finalists visiting Kalispell for job interviews this week, has had his eyes on the Kalispell job for some time.

“We actually watched when the position opened up two and a half or three years ago, but we’d only been in Yankton for maybe a year and couldn’t really put an application out,” he said. “We thought maybe it would open up again in another five years, so here we are.”

Read the rest here.


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