City Manager Application Review Committee chooses candidates for interview
Story and photo by JENNA BAILEY
On Tuesday, June 19, at 11 a.m. the City Manager Application Review Committee (CMARC), designated to review applicants for the new DeFuniak Springs (DFS) City Manager, met to vote on the candidates that will be interviewed for the position. The committee is made up of Chair Jack Owen, Reynolds Henderson, Wesley Wilkerson, Cathy Mosley, Dr. James Thompson, Erin Glenn, and Interim City Manager Craig Drake serving as a city staff member on the committee.
Along with the committee members that are regular citizens of DFS, Drake also plays a part in the CMARC motion process. Application Review — Instead of going through the resumes of all 10 candidates listed on the agenda, CMARC decided that it would be more time-efficient to make a straightforward “Yes” or “No” vote towards each candidate. 1) Vince Akhimie, Pass 5-2. 2) Brian Annichiarico, Fail 5-2. 3) Lyndon Bonner, Fail 5-2. 4) Raymond Harris Jr., Fail 6-1. 5) Jim Hedges, Pass 5-2. 6) Paul Larino, MPA, Pass 3-4. 7) William Lawrence, 6-1 Fail. 8) Tilman Mears, Pass 4-3. 9) Mell Smigielski, 4-3 Pass. 10) W.B. Watkins, Passed Unanimously.
In summary, six of the ten applicants on the June 19 agenda approved by CMARC to be interviewed for the City Manager position. These six individuals are: Vince Akihimie, Tilman Mears, W.B Watkins, Mell Smigielski, Jim Hedges and Paul Larino. Submission of interview questions are due on June 25. A CMARC meeting will be held in the DFS Council Chambers on June 29, 2018 to review the interview questions.