Thirty-one South Pasadena residents have been invited to sit on one of four focus groups that will offer input on the experience, style and personal qualities the city will look for in its search for a permanent city manager.
Each group will participate in a teleconference with the Gary Phillips, executive vice president of Bob Murray and Associates, the recruiting agency the city hired early last month to lead the search, which was expected to take no more than 16 weeks.
Philips asked each member of the City Council to identify about a half dozen residents to serve on the focus groups, according to Interim City Manager Sean Joyce. Joyce, hired in September shortly after Council’s unanimous ouster of former city manager Stephanie DeWolfe, expects to serve until a new city manager is appointed. He said that could be approximately April 1.
While the groups won’t be limited to any single area of interest, the city said in its invitations, it nonetheless organized the names into groups of community leaders, business leaders, activists, and current and former commission members. They are: