Novato's Search for a New City Manager

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New City Manager Hired

The City Council is pleased to announce the hiring of Regan Candelario as Novato's new City Manager. Mr. Candelario will start his employment as the City's 7th City Manager on October 24. For more information, please see the City's News Release.


Recruitment Process and Timeline

The City of Novato has made good progress in its search for a new City Manager. So far, we have met the timeline established for the recruitment process on April 5.

Please review the recruitment process and timelines below for next steps and to review what's been accomplished so far.

Recruitment Process Completed Steps
April 
  •  Process approved by City Council.
  • Community Input received on desired attributes of new City Manager:
    • 3 comments presented at April 5 Council meeting.
    • 26 comments submitted through Open Novato.
    • 8 comments submitted through Nextdoor.
  • Recruitment brochure design approved.
  • Advertising started.
 May
  •  30 applications received by May 30 deadline.
 June
  •  Initial screening of all applications by recruiter.
  • City Council reviewed all applications and selected candidates for preliminary interview by recruiter.
  • City Council to select 6± candidates to be invited to panel interviews by June 21.
  • Panel interviews to be conducted on June 27.
    • Panel of community member that are unaffiliated with local agencies or organizations.
    • Panel of community members affiliated with local agencies or organizations.
    • Panel comprised of City employees from different work units and levels.
    • City Council panel
  • Personal interviews with top 3± candidates from panel interviews.
  • Top candidate selected by City Council.
July 
  • Background and reference checks conducted on top candidate.
  • Offer made to the top candidate.

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