At the October 2nd City Council meeting our council gave unanimous approval to hire Kim Barbieri as the Hot Springs City Administrator. I wanted to share with everyone the extensive selection process the city went through in filling this vital position for our city.
First our city council authorized us to form a search committee consisting of myself, one council person, who was Bob Nelson. Misty Summers-Walton represented the city staff and we asked Joe Muller and Joyce Farrell from the community to serve on the committee.
The job was posted and we received eleven applicants. Their applications and resumes were scored by the committee. By independent and unanimous consensus, seven finalists were selected. These finalists were sent a list of questions to answer and their answers were scored by the hiring committee. Again there was a unanimous consensus which established an order of rank for the candidates. The top finalist was from out of state and was interviewed by the committee. Again by unanimous consensus, the committee recommended that the city offer the position to the candidate upon council approval. This individual rejected our offer due to differences in expected compensation.
The city is always looking to promote from within and Kim Barbieri, our Planning and Code Enforcement officer, expressed an interest in the position. She also filled out a resume and answered the job questionnaire. The top four candidates were interviewed by the search committee and Kim was considered the top choice, largely based on her vast experience in municipal government and experience with writing and obtaining grants. She accepted the offer for the position and her name was recommended to the Council for approval. During an Executive Session, she was interviewed by the Council and approved at the October 2nd meeting by a unanimous vote.
When a vital position is vacant, one learns about the rest of the team. One of the things I learned was that Hot Springs is blessed with an outstanding staff of professionals and some very dedicated and hardworking department heads. Now as Kim steps in to assume greater responsibility, she will have to wear a couple of hats to insure her previous responsibilities are covered while we search for an adequate replacement. With her passion for Hot Springs and the favor she has gained with both the public and the city employees, our new City Administrator will help insure the best is yet to come for our community.