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McCall Searching for Third City Manager in as Many Years

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McCall is looking for its third city manager in as many years, and that's a pretty big deal considering that McCall is one of only three Idaho cities—the other two are Lewiston and Twin Twin Falls—that have a city manager form of government. Simply put, the city manager is in charge, rather than the mayor. Yet, the city manager is appointed by the city council.

McCall,  which had not seen much turnover previously, needed to find a replacement in 2012 when City Manager Lindley Kirkpatrick resigned. The McCall City Council ultimately hired Gene Drabinski to take the top post, but that ushered in no small amount of friction, particularly between Drabinski and then-Police Chief Jerry Summers.

Following a lengthy court battle, Summers won his wrongful termination suit against the city of McCall when a federal jury agreed that Drabinski had been hostile toward Summers, who was ultimately awarded $400,000 in damages.

Drabinski had told city officials that he only wanted to stay on the job for three years, and this week's McCall Star-News reports that the official search for his replacement has begun.  Applications are due by late June, screening is set to begin in mid-July and public receptions for top finalists are expected in August. The city has indicated that the starting salary for city manager is $90,750 per year.