Two of the eight candidates under consideration to be the new city manager have dropped out during the past two weeks.
FROSTPROOF — Two of the eight candidates under consideration to be the new city manager have dropped out during the past two weeks while City Clerk Nicole McDowell conducted background checks.
The Frostproof City Council will meet at 6 tonight to consider whom among the remaining six candidates to interview. Five of them are from Florida, including three from eastern Polk County.
No longer under consideration are Kassandra Blissett of Port Orange and Carl Rowland of Waynesville, Ga., McDowell said in an email to The Ledger.
Rowland, the county manager of Brantley County, Ga., asked to be removed because he is taking another job, she said. Blissett, a former assistant city manager of DeBary in Volusia County, did not respond to the authorization to perform the background check and could not be reached by phone or email after multiple attempts.
The six remaining candidates are:
• Bill Ed Cannon, the city manager of Wildwood in Sumter County since 2012.
• Lee Evett of Lake Alfred, a former town manager in Jupiter.
• Kimberly Gay of Lake Wales, town clerk in the Orange County community of Oakland
• James Keene, a Lake Wales resident and Frostproof’s public works director.
• Karen Schminke of Brush, Colo., that city’s assistant city administrator since November 2000.
• Charles L. Williams, the city manager of Jasper since 2011.
Mark Durbin, senior adviser for the Florida City and County Management Association, gave the council members eight recommendations from a list of 21 applicants at their July 3 meeting. He also recommended doing background and criminal checks before bringing anyone in for an interview.
Durbin, the Kissimmee city manager for 23 years until his 2010 retirement, recommended the council interview no more than five people after the checks. He is providing his services to the city at no cost and has provided the council with suggested interview questions.
Mayor Rodney Cannon said he hopes to select the next city manager by September. The successful candidate will succeed City Manager Tenny Croley, who is retiring after 11 years.
The council will hold its regular meeting after a 3 p.m. budget workshop.
Kevin Bouffard can be reached at email@example.com or at 863-401-6980.