More than 50 applications for Atherton's interim town manager position will be the focus of a special City Council meeting that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. The meeting will convene in open session, but the council will review the applications in closed session, according to City Attorney Wynne Furth.
The open portion of the meeting will include an opportunity for the public to speak on the subject of hiring an interim manager, and an oral report by staff.
The council wants "to proceed expeditiously" in naming the interim manager, Ms. Furth said, and may do so at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
A call for applications went out soon after Jerry Gruber announced his resignation, effective Oct. 22, and the council decided to appoint an interim town manager while launching a more intensive process to find a permanent manager. But before the Oct. 29 application deadline closed, Assistant City Manager Eileen Wilkerson unexpectedly announced her retirement, giving only one week's notice, leaving the town without leadership.
To fill the gap between Mr. Gruber's departure and the appointment of an interim manager, the council appointed a "bridge" interim manager, former Mountain View assistant city manager Nadine Levin, in late October.
The meeting will be in the council chambers at 94 Ashfield Road, in the Atherton Town Center.