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By Canan Tasci, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 11/16/13, 5:42 PM PST |

CHINO HILLS >> City Council members will begin interviewing candidates for its city manager position come Monday.

Recruiter Bob Murray and Associates received 82 applicants wanting to replace City Manager Mike Fleager.

After screening the applications Murray gave each council member a booklet that included 13 candidates.

“We’ll start interviews Monday for the candidates and maybe we’ll be fortunate to encounter an individual that perfectly fits the needs of our community and the culture that we’ve established, or we may have to continue to search,” said Mayor Peter Rogers.

“We’ll have a better feel next week as the interviews take place.”

Fleager was appointed as the city’s third city manager in February 2009, with his contact slated to expire May 31.

The Council in 2012 voted to extended Fleager’s contract to Nov. 30, 2014.

Council members validated the action by saying extending a contract or discussing it months in advance from its end date is standard. Moreover, if the council, which received three new members by March, didn’t want to extend his contact the extension would allow him enough time to look for a job.

Despite his renewed contract Fleager announced his retirement in May, for his last day to be Nov. 30.

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