The Community Board 9 District Manager Search Committee last Thursday evening whittled down the candidate pool to five from 11.
These applicants have advanced to the interview stage: Scott Wolff, Lisa Gomes, James McClelland, Beryl Nyack and Joann Ariola.
In a meeting at Borough Hall, each member of the 12-person collective gathered around a table and reviewed the applications and resumes of all candidates. In a voting system, the applicants who received the most tallies moved on to the next phase, which will take place next Wednesday evening at Borough Hall. The six who were not selected to participate in the second round of the process will be notified by letter or email.
“The main issue is we get the right person for district manager,” Board Member Marie Turley said.
Additionally, the committee voted on the starting salary for the position, arriving at $67,500 per year, with Board Chairman Ralph Gonzalez to inquire with the Borough President’s office and the city regarding the benefits package.
The board, which serves Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park, has been searching for candidates since longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey announced her retirement in August. As of Oct. 1, the position has been vacant. Lisa Gomes has been performing some of the district manager duties, in addition to her regular function as office manager/community associate, since Carey departed.
By Michael V. Cusenza