Finalist named for Durham's city manager

DURHAM This comes as current Durham City Manager Patrick Baker is stepping down from the job. He's returning to his old job as city attorney.

The finalists for the next city manager are:

  • George R. Kolb, a member of Wichita State University's Hugo Wall School Advisory Board and guest lecturer teaching public administration. Kolb was also the city manager of Wichita, Kan. from 2004 to 2008.
  • Charles R. "Randy" Oliver, a consultant to local governmental entities and private-sector clients. Oliver was also the city manager of Peoria, Ill. from 2003 to 2008 and city manager of Greenville, S.C. from 1999 to 2003.
  • Patrick Salerno, the city manager of Sunrise, Fla. from 1990 to 2008. Salerno was also county manager of Cobb County, Ga. from 1987 to 1989 and county manager of Chatham County, Ga. from 1985 to 1987.

This is Durham's third time searching for a city manager in just four years.

Monday, the finalists participateed in a public and employee forum, in Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall, in Durham.

When asked why did they want to come to Durham?

"When I look at benchmark communities, I always see Durham ranked number one here, number six there, top ten in this category," Kolb said.

"It's clearly going in the right direction. The best years are ahead of it," Salerno said.

All three candidates have one thing in common --they all resigned from their city manager jobs this year.

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