Cherokee City Council members met in closed session last week to discuss the applicants for the position of city manager.
After the closed session, the council went into open session and voted to direct Clarence Krepps, consultant to the city in the city manager hiring process, to seek further candidates with a hiring date target of July 1.
Krepps will also review current practices as far as pay for city managers in comparable communities and return with a recommendation regarding whether to keep or adjust the current salary range of between $60,000 and $70,000.
The city has been without a top executive since the last city administrator left office (a resignation requested by the city council) in April of 2006.
This is the second city administrator in a row to leave office amid controversy.
City council members have expressed a desire to approach the hiring process for the next top leader position for the city with caution.
The title of this position has been changed from city administrator to city manager.