The assembly’s borough manager hiring committee has narrowed down its search to the top three candidates, who will now be brought to Skagway for public interviews before the entire assembly. 

The committee’s top picks are Brad Ryan, public facilities director in Haines; Patrick Jordan, city manager of Escanaba, Michigan; and Randy Robertson, city manager of Aberdeen, Maryland. 

The hiring committee, consisting of Assemblymembers Dave Brena, Steve Burnham and Dan Henry, met on June 22 with interim borough manager Stan Selmer to conduct phone interviews with five candidates for the job. 

The next step will be approval of the three finalists  by the assembly at the July 5 meeting, after which dates will be set for the candidates to come to Skagway for their interview. In the past, the borough has flown the candidates, along with a family member, to Skagway at the municipality’s expense.  

During the previous in-person interviews for borough manager, all of the finalists were brought to town on the same day. The position was offered in February to former state Rep. Sam Kito III, who declined the job. 

Skagway is nearing a year without a permanent borough manager. The last manager, Scott Hahn, left for another position in Rifle, Colorado, in July 2018. Selmer started as interim manager earlier this month.