Bainbridge council to discuss interim manager in the wake of interview

Not many Bainbridge Island city leaders want to talk about the man who might be king.

Actually, make that the man who might be the city's next interim manager.

Almost every council member contacted by the Review Tuesday declined to comment about Michael Caldwell after his appearance before the city council last week.

Caldwell has been the top pick for the post, but council members gave a wait-and-see response when asked about his interview last week, adding that the topic will be discussed at their next meeting on Wednesday, April 18.

Members of the council's ad hoc committee said Caldwell was their top choice for the interim job and flew him in from Arizona for an interview April 11.

But after an executive session behind closed doors at last week's council meeting, the accolades were absent and no one on the council favored making a decision on an interim hire at that time.

"He (Caldwell) did not appear as dynamic in person as he did when Dave Ward, Anne Blair and I interviewed him over the phone," said Councilman Steve Bonkowski.

Ward and Blair are the other two members of the ad hoc committee in charge of the search for a new city manager.

"It is up to the council as a body to select the interim," Bonkowski added.

Council members all opted not to speak in depth Tuesday about Caldwell's interview.

The ad hoc committee will present its weekly update on the city manager search at the April 18 council meeting.

An additional agenda item addressing the "council policy regarding interim city manager" is also scheduled for discussion.


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