OAKLAND (BCN) - Oakland Mayor Jean Quan says she has a preferred candidate to take the important city administrator's post and plans to make an announcement next week.
In her weekly briefing with reporters on Thursday, Quan said she is in negotiations with her top candidate and also has a backup candidate in case her first choice doesn't accept the job. She declined to name the two top candidates.
Current City Administrator Dan Lindheim was appointed by former Mayor Ron Dellums and agreed to remain in the post until Quan, who took office on Jan. 3, appoints a successor.
Quan's choice must be approved by the City Council.
Quan said 44 people applied for the city administrator's job. She said the field was first narrowed to 10 candidates and then narrowed to five finalists whom she interviewed.
The salary range for the new city administrator is between $175,992 and $263,987 annually, according to the job posting on the website of the firm, Ralph Andersen & Associates of Rocklin, that helped Quan search for candidates.
The search for a new city administrator is taking longer than Quan had hoped. On Dec. 2 she told reporters that she hoped to announce a new city administrator by late January or early February.
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