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MOHAVE COUNTY – They exit municipal administration employment under different circumstances and their bosses are traveling different paths in selecting their successors. Lake Havasu City Manager Charlie Cassens is retiring peacefully at the end of the year while City Manager John Dougherty is leaving Kingman City Hall with feet at his back.


Kingman opted to use an outside firm to supply an interim manager to guide the city until a new manager is selected next April. Lake Havasu City is trying to avoid an interim administrator and have its new manager identified before Cassens’ last day on the job on Dec. 29.

Lake Havasu City Human Resource and Risk Management Director Shirlee Palbicki said the Lake Havasu City Council authorized a $24,500 contract with Springsted Waters, a national headhunting firm that began recruiting for the Lake Havasu City position in early September. Palbicki said 58 people applied by the Oct. 25 deadline.

Palbicki said the firm is vetting the field of applicants, intending to provide a dozen semifinalists. She said she and the entire City Council will attempt to identify three to five finalists for face-to-face interviews in late November.

Palbicki said the hope is that someone rises from the field of finalists as the clear choice to serve as the community’s next top administrator. Should that happen, she said the goal is to have the new city manager on the job in early January, right behind Cassens’ departure.

Palbicki said the hiring process could be slightly extended if the Council decides it wants to conduct another round or screening or interviews with the top job contenders.

Meanwhile, the Kingman City Council could narrow down the field of interim candidates next week with hopes of having a full-time manager on the clock by April.


John Dougherty was popular with Kingman residents and city employees respect him, but he didn't mesh well with a majority of a new City Council seated a year ago. The search for his replacement is ongoing. Doug McMurdo/The Standard


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