Rio Vista's search for a city manager continues.
Mayor Jan Vick said Friday the work goes on to fill the job after the council met in closed session Thursday night to discuss the matter. On top of that, the council must hire an interim city manager to replace Roger Wong, who is voluntarily leaving his interim post at the end of July.
Vick declined to say whether the small Delta city is considering Bob Gorson, former city manager of Taft (Kern County) for the permanent post, or whether the search field has been expanded to include other candidates.
A Kern County grand jury report criticized Gorson for violating city policy when he paid an employee for vacation time she had accrued, a right reserved for the City Council. Gorson resigned from the Taft city manager's job in February, several months after the report, just as the council was going to discuss his performance in a closed session.
Rio Vista hired a Los Gatos executive search firm to come up with a list of candidates after the council decided in November not to renew the contract of former City Manager Hector De La Rosa when it expired April 9.
The search firm narrowed a list of 64 applicants to five candidates, then two: Gorson and Regan Candelario, who at the time was the city administrator in Guadalupe (Santa Barbara County). But the city of Fortuna said this week that it hired Candelario for its city manager post. Gorson could not be reached for a comment.