Fife City Manager Dave Zabell could be moving on to a much larger city.
Zabell is travelling to the Tri-Cities next week to interview for the Pasco city manager position, according to a report in the Tri-City Herald.
He is one of five finalists − narrowed down from 22 applicants − for the top job in the city of more than 60,000 people. Pasco is more than six times larger than Fife, which has a population of about 9,200.
Zabell said he didn't initially plan to apply for the opening, but after receiving calls from people acquainted with the city of Pasco he decided to pursue it. He said he's in the "exploration stage" at this point.
"The decision to apply for the position was quite difficult," he said in an email to The News Tribune. "I would not leave Fife for a lesser professional challenge."
Pasco's longtime City Manager Gary Crutchfield steps down June 27, according to the Herald, and a replacement could likely be selected by then.
Zabell was hired as Fife's city manager in 2011, after serving as assistant city manager in Yakima since 2005.
The new city manager in Pasco will oversee about 300 employees, double the size of Fife's staff of about 150.
The base salary for the job is $161,000, according to the Herald, but that amount could increase.
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