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City Commissioners add two candidates to City Manager search list after one drops out


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo City Commissioners added two new names to their list of finalists for City Manager, after candidate Joyce Parker dropped out during the week.

Mayor Bobby Hopewell says there are no guarantees that either Odis Jones who has experience as a staffer in Battle Creek and a department head in Cleveland or Gerald Smith worked in City Government in Kansas City will be willing to join the process, considering that they are not front runners.

Whoever stays in the race will be brought to Kalamazoo for one hour public interviews on Tuesday May 21st and then commissioners will have to decide where to go from there.

`They are seeking a replacement for Ken Collard, who is taking advantage of the city’s early retirement incentive program.