Sedalia City Administrator Gary Edwards named finalist for Arizona job

By Nicole Cooke -

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City Administrator Gary Edwards has been named one of four finalists for the job of Prescott City Manager in Prescott, Arizona.

According to the Prescott Daily Courier, the Prescott City Council is conducting closed-door interviews Thursday and Friday with the four finalists for the 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 semifinalsts who were chosen from 58 applicants. The council announced the four finalists Aug. 5.

“Of course have no idea if I will be selected. I love Sedalia and it is a wonderful place to live but this is an opportunity I needed to at least look at,” Edwards told the Democrat via email Thursday afternoon. “Chances are I will remain in Sedalia, but needed to explore this option.”

Edwards has been the Sedalia city administrator since 2011. He is no stranger to Missouri or Arizona, as he previously was the town manager in Wickenburg, Arizona, from 2007 to 2011 and city manager in Moberly from 2004 to 2007. He also previously worked in Washington, D.C., as chief of staff and communications director in the U.S. House of Representatives for several representatives, including the late former Congressman Ike Skelton.

Other finalists for the Prescott job include Michael Lamar, county manager in Morgan County, Georgia, Jeff Cantrell, city manager in Chanute, Kansas, and William Stephens, city manager in Benson, Arizona.

The Daily Courier reports the Prescott City Council could decide to make an offer to a candidate Friday, or take longer to make a decision.

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By Nicole Cooke

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

Sedalia Democrat

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-530-0138 or @NicoleRCooke.

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