The Lakewood City Council on Monday night officially picked the six finalists who will vie to become the next city manager for Pierce County’s second-largest city.
The list mirrored the one recommended by consultant Greg Prothman that was released Friday. Council members said all the finalists are excellent candidates and well qualified to move to in-person interviews June 17 and 18.
Only Councilman Michael Brandstetter favored whittling the list to four finalists, though he ultimately voted to keep all six.
The vote was 6-0; Mayor Don Anderson was traveling out of state.
The finalists are: James Bourney, former city manager of Greenville, S.C.; John Caulfield, city manager of Mountlake Terrace; Matthew Fulton, former city manager in Coon Rapids, Minn.; W. Scott Larese, former garrison commander of Fort Rucker, Ala.; Michael Martin, city manager of Burien; and Deputy Pierce County Executive Kevin Phelps.
“We have quite an excellent group of people here,” said Councilwoman Marie Barth. “I don’t think I would like to cull anybody at this point.”
Council members Helen McGovern and Mary Moss lamented that the job didn’t attract more qualified women and minorities, but said that didn’t take away from the quality of the finalist pool.
“I am very pleased with what we have,” Moss said. “I have no qualms with what we have going forward.”