Thornton city manager finalist for Florida job

Kevin Woods is one of two contenders for city manager in Clearwater

Liam Adams
ladams@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/10/21

Thornton City Manager Kevin Woods is one of two finalists for city manager in Clearwater, Florida. Woods will meet with the city council of Clearwater, a city of about 116,000 people, next week, the …

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Thornton city manager finalist for Florida job

Kevin Woods is one of two contenders for city manager in Clearwater

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Update (June 14)

Thornton  City Manager Kevin Woods is no longer a finalist for the city manager position in Clearwater, Flordia because the city council there  decided to restart the hiring process, the Tampa Bay Times  reported June 11.

Woods and finalist Carl Geffken were scheduled to begin interviews with Clearwater City Council on Monday, June 14. However, Geffken notified Clearwater that he could not attend the in-person interviews due to a family medical emergency, according to the Tampa Bay Times

Geffken and Woods were the only remaining applicants for the job after three other finalists withdrew their names. The hiccups along the way persuaded Clearwater City Council to start from scratch. 

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Thornton City Manager Kevin Woods is one of two finalists for city manager in Clearwater, Florida.

Woods will meet with the city council of Clearwater, a city of about 116,000 people, next week, the Tampa Bay Times reported June 9. After private one-on-one interviews and a public group interview, Clearwater City Council will either decide between Woods or finalist Carl Geffken or consider restarting the hiring process.

From a list of 10 semi-finalists that a search firm provided, Clearwater City Council chose five finalists in late May, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Three of the finalists recently withdrew their names, leaving Woods and Geffken. The withdrawals have some councilors wanting to restart the process.

Through city of Thornton spokesperson Todd Barnes, Woods said he would not comment.

Woods has been with Thornton since October 2017. In that time, the city has taken major steps with the Thornton Water Project, replaced a water treatment plant, dealt with controversy surrounding the Thornton Shopping Center redevelopment, published a new comprehensive plan and gotten approval from council for major developments in north Thornton.

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