MPC holds public reception for director finalists

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 07/21 2014 12:24PM

Updated 07/21 2014 12:33PM

You will soon get an opportunity to meet and greet the top four candidates for the Metropolitan Planning Commission Executive Director position.

A special reception will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 at the Downtown Hilton Hotel on 104 Market St.

The original pool of 47 applicants was first narrowed to 19 and eventually to the 10 most qualified candidates by a selection committee comprised of MPC Board members.

Two of the top 10 accepted positions elsewhere and the field further narrowed to five after the committee conducted preliminary interviews. One of the top five accepted a position prior to being scheduled for final interviews.

The finalists are: Robert Hunter, FAICP of Plant City, Fla.;  Robert J Massarelli, AICP of Titusville, Fla.;  Christian Schock, AICP of Wilmington, Ohio and Mark W. Sweeney, AICP of Austin, Texas.

The Executive Director position has been vacant since Jan. 15 after the long-term incumbent Charles Kirkland retired. 

Current MPC Chairwoman Lea Desmarteau said, "The decision of who will fill this position is one of the most important decisions that we as MPC board members will ever make.  Before we make the final decision, would like to give the public the opportunity to meet the candidates."

The MPC board will interview each candidate at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 during a public meeting at Government Chambers. The board expects to rank the candidates that afternoon and then begin immediate negotiations with the top candidate. 

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