A sixth candidate will interview for Scottsdale city manager

The field of candidates for Scottsdale’s city manager position has increased to six finalists.

Joseph L. Lessard, former assistant city manager of Austin, Texas, will interview for Scottsdale’s city manager position Dec. 7 and 8, according to a press release.

He will join two other finalists participating in the latest round of interviews: John Kross, town manager of Queen Creek; and James V. Thompson, former city manager of Casa Grande. They will meet with the city’s executive team and interview with city council members during their visit.

The city council will host a special public meeting at 5 p.m. Dec. 8 when each of these latest candidates will make a brief presentation. The meeting will be at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. and televised/live streamed on Scottsdale Video Network, the release stated.

The council previously interviewed Konrad Hildebrandt, Gary M. Luebbers and Jeffery M. Nichols. After the candidate presentations Dec. 8, the city council may ask questions of any of the six finalists and could extend a job offer to their top choice.

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