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Ishpeming council to interview 3 manager candidates

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will interview three candidates on Friday in the hopes of finally filling the city manager position.

Candidates are former Gladstone City Manager Darcy Long, former Playdata LLC Operations Manager Richard Lock and Deputy to the Garrison Commander Craig Cugini at Fort Greely, Alaska.

The three candidates were part of a larger pool initially chosen by the Michigan Municipal League. They were selected by city councilors during a closed session in October.

The council approved a $14,000 expenditure for the MML consulting services in August, following a months-long search for a replacement for former City Manager Mark Slown, who retired June 6.

Long made headlines in August when his contract with the city of Gladstone was terminated for “misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance,” according to an article published in the Escanaba Daily Press on Aug. 2.

The three charges relate to types of failure to discharge public obligations existing by common law, custom or statute, the article states.

Specific reasons for Long’s removal from his post in Gladstone include violation of the city’s purchasing policy, negotiating directly with a union member, leading to a pay increase, failure to return phone calls to members of the public, and moving money from one approved budget to another approved budget without required city commission approval, the Escanaba Daily Press reported.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.