When the McCall City Council meets in executive session later today, lawmakers in the Valley County resort community are expected to approve Nate Coyle, 32, as their next city manager, the third man to take the post in as many years.
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-McCall Police Chief Jerry Summers.That dispute ended with Summers winning a wrongful termination suit and $400,000 award against the city.
Drabinski had told city officials he only wanted to stay on the job for three years, thus prompting a new search.
McCall is one of only three Idaho cities—including Lewiston and Twin Falls—that have a city manager form of government. Simply put, the city manager is in charge, rather than the mayor.
Now, the McCall Star-News reports that Coyle, currently McCall's airport and special projects manager, has been selected from among three finalists for the city manager job. Before joining the city, Coyle was an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served as an airfield operations flight commander.
Following this evening's closed session of the City Council, a public reception for Coyle has been scheduled at the McCall-Donnelly High School, according to the Star-News.