The cone of silence came off City Council's choice of a new manager with the announcement lawmakers will meet tomorrow to ratify a contract to hire Sharon Addison to a two year term as the city's chief executive.
Council started with 37 candidates two months ago and has carefully and collegially whittled the field. Last Monday Council designated Ms.Addison as their choice pending negotiation of a contract. City Manager John Krol and I worked on that, sealing the deal yesterday in a phone call.
Last weekend Council interviewed two men and two woman who had become finalists for the post.
Mr. Krol had acted a facilitator for the recruitment.
Council was in a tougher spot in January but upon my recommendation Krol was hired and Council drew together, working quietly and for the most part discreetly.
Ms. Addison's ties to the North Country and her strong desire to relocate here were also factors. In fact all the finalists had strong ties to upstate.
Ms. Addison will meet the media at a meeting tomorrow morning and will start her duties on July 16.
We welcome her to the City of Watertown.
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