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Bay City is a step closer to getting a new city manager

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(12/16/13) - They've been without a city manager for nearly a year, and now the search is almost over in Bay City.

Only three finalists remain.

The mayor says five candidates were interviewed over the weekend. The top three will come back for round two of interviews next month.

Their names are Eric Tungate and David White from different parts of Michigan and Richard Finn from New York.

All three bring prior city manager experience to the table.

They've been waiting for a new city manager for months. People who live here could get their wish soon.

"We want someone who cares about future growth and development for our waterfront town," said Anne Vansumeren of Bay City.

Mayor Chris Shannon says follow up interviews for the three candidates should take place in January. This will help them get to know the finalists better.

They're looking for someone who can address the city's $1.5 million budget deficit.

For the past several years, they've had to take money out of the rainy day fund to make ends meet.

"We've recently seen what's happened in Detroit with them declaring bankruptcy and there's many similarities with what Bay City has going on and its fiscal landscape as well, so it's so important right now to get somebody in place to analyze what we currently have as fiscal challenges and recommend some changes that we must make," Shannon said.

Residents believe the key to addressing the city's budget starts with the housing market.

"If you can boost the economy of our town, it's going to help our real estate in general and bring more tax dollars to Bay City," Vansumeren said.

Shannon says the city expects to know which candidate they'll extend an offer to toward the end of January.

He says it's possible that the interviews with the three candidates will take place Jan. 11.

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