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Community, council members interview three city manager finalists

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV)- Interviews for the position of Sioux City's next City Manager took place from 8:00 a.m. until about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

This interview process is much more extensive and public than the interviews for the two other managers Sioux City has had in the last 18 years.

Several different teams of interviewers questioned all three candidates.

The interviews started about eight o'clock this morning and won't be complete until 7:30 or so tonight.

All three candidates said the interview marathon was exhausting, but they loved the chance to talk about what their goals were for Sioux City.

One of the candidates, Tim Hacker, previously served as the city manager for North Las Vegas, managing 220 thousand people and a budget of 375 million.

He went to school at Iowa State University, and says he wants to get back to the heartland to be close to his friends and family.  

He also believes the city is moving forward and that he can help Sioux City stay on that track.

"From my perspective, professionally, coming back to the third-largest community in Iowa allows you to continue to have a real impact and be participatory on a level that you wouldn't in states that have much larger communities," Tim Hacker, City Manager candidate said.

A second city manager candidate comes to Sioux City from East Moline, Illinois.

Cole O'Donnell is originally from Iowa as well, and though he's only been in East Moline for two years, he said he just couldn't pass up the opportunity to get back home when Sioux City's manager position opened up.

He looks forward to the challenge of working in a larger community.

"I've had to be more intimate into issues than perhaps managers or administrators in larger communities. I think that experience of being intimate with those issues will help me to deal with them better on a larger scale," Cole O'Donnell, City Manager candidate said.

The last candidate is currently working for the city and has called Sioux City home for 14 years.

Bob Padmore is the current interim city manager, and served as assistant city manager before his six-month stint in the temporary office.

He says he doesn't necessarily think he has the advantage, because he thinks both other candidates are qualified, and hopes that regardless of who ends up with the position, he hopes it moves Sioux City forward.

"I just want the city to move forward. We've got a lot of good momentum, there's a lot of great things going on right now. Regardless of who's selected, you know Sioux City's been my home for 14 years, and prior to that I grew up in the area, so I want nothing but the best for Sioux City," Bob Padmore, City Manager candidate said.

All three candidates have worked in city administration and are members of the International City County Manager's Association.

The city council will finish the interview process, they'll make their decision.

There's no time-table for a decision.

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