After a search including two headhunting firms, endless meetings and dozens of candidates, York County Council has whittled the list of County Manager finalists down to five.
Next week, all five candidates are expected to visit York County for a meet-and-greet open to the public, tours of county facilities and private interviews.
York County Councilman Bump Roddey says he is pleased to see the progress in the County Manager search.
The county fired its first headhunting firm, Strategic Government Resources, in April after council members were not satisfied with the list of finalists.
The second firm, Waters Consulting, narrowed a list of 40 applicants down to nine presented to council in July.
But Roddey said there was something he noticed in this latest round of candidates — the lack of a minority representation.
Roddey is the lone minority on county council, the lone black council member first elected in 2010.
The finalists include Robert Bartolotta, former City Manager of Sarasota, Fla.; Rick Chaffin, former Deputy City Manager of McKinney, Texas; Joe Fivas, Town Manager of Indian Trail, N.C.; Steve Layson, Chief Administrative Officer of Bib County, Ga.; and Bill Shanahan, Deputy City Administrator of Augusta, Ga.
County Council will meet in closed session the night of August 13 for private interviews with the finalists.
The council’s decision could come as soon as that evening.