Names released of three finalists vying to become Moses Lake’s next city manager

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MOSES LAKE - Three finalists have been selected for the top executive position in Moses Lake.

Those finalists include Adam Hammatt, from Whitefish, Montana; Harold Stewart, from Warrensburg, Missouri; and Allison Williams from Wenatchee, Washington.

Hammatt was most recently City Manager for the City of Whitefish, Montana, where he served for two and a half years. Prior to that, he was Village Administrator for the Village of Kimberly, Wisconsin, for five years. His experience in Wisconsin also includes serving as Village Administrator for the Village of Suamico, and City Administrator for the City of Elroy. Hammatt has a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of Montana, and a bachelorís degree in Political Science from Montana State University.

Stewart has been the City Manager for the City of Warrensburg, Missouri, since 2015. Prior to that, he was City Manager for the City of Knoxville, Iowa, from 2011-2015, City Manager for the City of Ogallala, Nebraska, from 2008-2011, and early in his career, he served the City of Yuma, Arizona, in positions including Assistant to the Administrator/Neighborhood Services Director and Interim Human Resources Director. Stewart has a Master of Public Administration degree and a bachelorís degree in Political Science, both from the University of Kansas.

Williams has been the Executive Services Director for the City of Wenatchee, Washington, since 2005, serving as the mayorís chief of staff. The city has a strong mayor form of government. She has been with the city since 1998 when she began there as Community Planner. Prior to her service at the City of Wenatchee, she was Executive Director of the Wenatchee Downtown Association for six and a half years. Williams has a Bachelor of Arts degree in French from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

The City will host a reception for the community to meet the candidates on Monday November 18 from 7:00-9:00pm at the city Civic Center, located at 401 S Balsam St, Moses Lake. This will provide an opportunity for citizens to meet, ask questions of the candidates and provide feedback to the city council.

Following the reception, the city will host candidate interviews on Tuesday November 19, according to the press release. The candidates will take part in three interview panels comprised of citizens, business owners, department directors and councilmembers. Following the interviews, the panels will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate with the councilmembers.

After the interviews, the candidate chosen to move forward will undergo a thorough background investigation to make sure that the council has chosen the right person for the position, according to the press release. The city council hopes to have appointed a city manager by early-December with a starting date of early-January.

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