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HIGH SPRINGS ‒ Topping the High Springs City Commission’s priorities is filling the city manager position being vacated by Joel DeCoursey, Jr. As of 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, the City of High Springs had received 27 applications for the position according to City Clerk Jenny Parham.

The Commission set a schedule of how they intend to conduct applicant interviews.

During the regular City Commission meeting of Oct. 22, Commissioners will choose their top five candidates. Whether they will inform the City Clerk prior to the meeting so she might tally up each Commissioner’s choices by meeting time was unclear, although Commissioner Scott Jamison said he would provide his choices in advance because of a planned absence from that meeting.

Commissioners plan to hold a Special City Commission meeting to conduct interviews on Oct. 27 via Zoom. They could have chosen to do the interviews at a workshop, but a Special Commission meeting allows them to talk publicly about the results of the interviews, and should they choose to do so, they may decide on three candidates they want to interview further.

On Nov. 12, Commissioners plan to finalize the process and name a candidate for negotiations. Should negotiations fail with their top choice, Commissioners may choose to begin negotiations with the second ranked candidate. They could also decide not to proceed, but to re-advertise the position.

Current City Manager DeCoursey is scheduled to vacate the position on Nov. 30. Commissioners have expressed a desire to have a replacement in office by Jan. 1, 2021.

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