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Unidentified candidate picked to be next City Administrator in Mason City

Council votes to begin negotiations on a contract.

Posted: Apr. 6, 2018 12:21 PM
Updated: Apr. 6, 2018 7:13 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa – The City Council has voted unanimously to begin negotiations with a candidate for City Administrator…but they’re not saying who it is.

The Council says the candidate has not consented to being made public, so state law prohibits them from releasing the name. Phillip Sanchez was the only member of the community watching on as the vote happened. After the council decided to decline to offer the position to five finialists for the job early last month, he feels the public deserves to know who it is.

"I think the public deserves to know who this candidate is in order for the public to gather an opinion," he said. "Then we can move the process forward."

Negotiations are expected to begin right away with no timeline on when they might be concluded. The City Administrator position has been vacant since Brent Trout left the job in October 2017.

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