The interviews are over but the Lake Oswego City Council had not yet inked a deal with a new city manager as of early this week.

Four candidates for the top city government position met with panels of community members, city management staff and council members on Friday. The council also met with finalists in a private meet-and-greet session the evening before.

No public decision has yet been made. The city council is responsible for hiring the city manager, who oversees day-to-day operations of the city government and carries out council policies.

Earlier this year, council members opted to obtain a consultant to handle the nationwide recruiting effort and hired Greg Prothman, of the Washington-based Prothman Company, to lead the search.

Former City Manager Alex McIntyre left the job in February 2012 to become city manager of Menlo Park, Calif. Assistant City Manager David Donaldson filled the position on a short-term basis until early this year, when Mayor Kent Studebaker took office and replaced him with Tom Coffee, who remains interim city manager today. Donaldson at that point returned to his post as assistant city manager.

Coffee’s contract ends July 12, although it could be extended on a monthly basis for up to six months. The city pays him $15,000 monthly.

The new city manager will be paid $145,000 to $170,000 annually in addition to benefits such as health insurance, pension and optional deferred compensation plus 12 paid holidays, paid vacation time and paid sick leave, according to hiring documents.

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