Morenci city council members might not have to look far to replace administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder when she retires at the end of the year. Among the final three candidates, two of them are already closely associated with Morenci city government.
Members of council’s Finance and Legal Committee (Jeff Bell, Brenda Spiess and Greg Braun) met with Schroeder on Monday to sort through 27 applications.
Interviews are scheduled April 3 with the finalists: Morenci city council member Tracy Schell, Morenci mayor Keith Pennington and Kathryn Slusher from Adrian. Three alternate candidates were also selected.
Interviews will be led by Bell and Spiess, along with police chief Larry Weeks, local business person Jennifer Blaker and Schroeder.
Committee members will make a recommendation to city council and a new administrator is expected to be hired at the April 22 council meeting.
Schroeder said no decision has been made about when the new person will begin training for the job. Schroeder said she worked for an entire year with MaryLee Hall before taking over as city clerk.
Schroeder said her initial recommendation to council was to split her job when she retires to make the clerk position separate from the administrator. However, no decision has been made yet about changing the job for the next person.