San Juan County Council narrowed the field of candidates for county manager from five to two today, May 15. They've asked for more information about the final two. The council will meet in executive session at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 to consider the final two applicants and them decide in public session at 2 p.m.
The names of the two finalists were not disclosed.
The three members of the newly seated San Juan County Council had final interviews with the five finalists - Jim Pascale, Michael Pence, Suzanne Sinclair, Michael Thomas, and David Wilbrecht - in executive session Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
The candidates were the finalists in a search by Prothman, a professional firm used in the past by the council. The sole local resident who applied, withdrew his name after finding employment elsewhere according to the county Human Resources Department.
Open Houses were held on Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands on Monday to give the general public a chance to meet each canddiate. Tuesday, the candidates individually met with separate groups - staff and citizens. They were also interviewed by the council. The council listened to the results the citizens and staff and read the feedback forms submitted by attendees at the open houses.
The council meets in executive session Wednesday at 9 a.m. in the legislative hearing room at 55 Second Street in Friday Harbor to discuss the candidates. They must come out of executive session into a public session to make their decision. They are expected to do so by 11 a.m.
Short career summaries for each finalist:
Career Overviews of Finalists for San Juan County Manager Position
JIM PASCALE resides in Hopewell, New Jersey, and was most recently Township Administrator for Princeton Township, New Jersey, where he served in that position continuously for 30 years. Early in his career, he was also Administrator for Mahwah Township, New Jersey, for four years.
Mr. Pascale has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from Rutgers University, New Jersey.
MICHAEL PENCE has been the County Administrator for Flathead County, Montana, for the past 8 years. He has over 32 years of city and county management experience and has been the City Administrator for Kemmerer, Wyoming, City Manager for Ocean Shores, Washington, City Administrator for Sibley, Iowa, Auditor for Hardin County, Iowa, and Deputy Auditor for Grundy County, Iowa.
Mr. Pence was also Commercial Development Manager for the Quinault Land & Timber Enterprise, Ocean Shores, Washington, for five years. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, Iowa.
SUZANNE SINCLAIR lives in Seneca Falls, New York, and is currently Senior Capital Projects Accountant for Finger Lakes Health, Geneva, New York. Prior to that, she was County Manager for Seneca County, New York, from 2008-2011.
Ms. Sinclair was Island County (Washington) Auditor for ten years and served as Accounting Supervisor for the county's Public Works Department prior to becoming Auditor. Early in her career, she also worked for Edwards & Associates, CPAs, in Freeland, Washington, for almost 10 years. Ms. Sinclair has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Central Washington University, Lynnwood, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana.
MICHAEL THOMAS has been the City Administrator for the City of Enumclaw, Washington, for over three years. Prior to that he served the city as Community & Economic Development Director for five years. Mr. Thomas has 24 years of experience in local government in Washington and he has been a Senior Policy Analyst for the King County Executive's Office-Office of Management & Budget, Senior Planner for the cities of Burien and Federal Way, and he was Assistant Director of Planning & Economic Development for the City of Aberdeen.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from the University of Washington and a Master of Public Administration degree from Seattle University.
DAVID WILBRECHT is from Mammoth Lakes, California, and was most recently Town Manager for that community where he was hired to deal with the town's financial crisis and potential bankruptcy due to a lawsuit. Prior to that, he was County Administrative Officer for Mono County, California, for eight years, and he was also Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services for Mammoth Lakes from 2000-2003.
Mr. Wilbrecht has 18 years of local government experience in Washington, including Deputy Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services for the City of Federal Way and Parks Division Manager for the City of Redmond. Early in his career, he also worked for the City of Auburn and for the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office and Planning Department. Mr. Wilbrecht has a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Central Washington University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Seattle University.