THE preferred candidate to fill the Murray River Council general manager position is likely to go to the next council meeting.
When councillors will decide whether or not to proceed with the person the panel believes is best fit for the job.
Mayor Chris Bilkey said council was ‘‘well through’’ the selection process.
‘‘We will complete the interview process for the shortlist of candidates in the next week or so,’’ he said.
‘‘We have to make a recommendation to the next council meeting (February 20) as who we see as the preferred candidate.
‘‘If council agrees with that recommendation we would be offering the candidate the role and we would be seeking to negotiate final details of the package and organise a start date.’’
MRC started the process in October last year following Margot Stork’s resignation in September.
In October acting general manager Des Bilske said it would take ‘‘some time’’ to make an appointment, with selection expected around March/April next year.
Cr Bilkey said council was still on track to meet that deadline.
The recruitment was facilitated by a consultant and a council selection panel.
The panel includes mayor Chris Bilkey, deputy mayor Gen Campbell and Greater Wakool ward councillors Alan Mathers and Neil Gorey, the recruitment consultant representative and an independent member.
As part of the guidelines of recruiting a general manager, the recruitment process must be open and transparent but the confidentiality of the individual applicants must be maintained.