City officials have announced a special meet and greet opportunity to get to know the four city manager candidate finalists Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chabolla Community Center, 600 Chabolla Avenue. The candidates will each introduce and give a short summary of themselves at 6:45 p.m. Galt area residents are invited to attend.

Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle with the candidates, ask questions and get to know a little about those vying to become Galt’s next city manager.

“This process is very important, and Council looks forward to have the community involved,” Councilman Rich Lozano said. “We invite the community to come out.”

Lozano and Vice Mayor Shawn Farmer are part of the ad hoc committee that helped plan the vetting process. Working with Phil McKenney of Peckham & McKenney, Inc., the firm hired in June to search for a permanent city manager, the two councilmen chose to have more community involvement, which included several meetings with stakeholder groups to see what the community was looking for in a new leader.

Based on that information, the headhunters developed an application specific to Galt’s needs. The firm sorted through the applicants and has narrowed the choices down to those being presented Tuesday night.

Although he has not had the opportunity to meet the candidates face to face as of press time, Lozano said he felt strongly about the process and felt that those being presented are good candidates.

Prior to the Tuesday evening meet and greet, the candidates will meet with three separate interview panels – a City Council panel; a panel comprised with community leaders, such as the two superintendents and Cosumnes Fire Department Chief; and a community group, with members of the public selected by each Councilmember.

Interim City Manager Tom Haglund has been filling the role since early April after then City Manger Eugene Palazzo announced his resignation in March.

Palazzo had been with the city just over three years, coming to Galt after serving as city manager in Crescent City for four years.