After being named to the final four candidates for the job of Prescott, Arizona, City Manager, Sedalia City Administrator Gary Edwards will be staying in Sedalia.
According to the Prescott Daily Courier, the Prescott City Council unanimously voted Monday to approve a contract with Morgan County, Georgia, County Manager Michael Lamar. Edwards and Lamar were two of four candidates vying for the Prescott City Manager position after a months-long search that began in May when Prescott City Manager Craig McConnell announced his resignation.
The Daily Courier reports the finalists were narrowed down from nine semi-finalsts who were chosen from 58 applicants. The council announced the four finalists Aug. 5, who were interviewed last week.
“It was an honor to be a finalist from such a large pool, but it is not going to work out. Different cities need different skills sets depending on the major issues facing that city,” Edwards said via email. “In my case, it would not have been a good fit for the city nor for me. The officials there were very courteous and hospitable to the final four. It was an opportunity I needed to at least look at more closely.”
Edwards has been the Sedalia city administrator since 2011.
Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.