CLINTON — The search for a new city administrator in Clinton has been narrowed to two finalists: Thomas Roth, Camanche city administrator, and Jeffrey Horne, Mitchellville city administrator.

The Clinton City Council debated the measure in a closed session Wednesday, but Clinton Mayor Rodger Holm said afterward the council trimmed the list of four finalists in half. No date has been set on when the council will name someone to replace the vacant seat currently being filled by city attorney Paul Walter, Holm added.

A search committee was formed in July to replace former city administrator Gary Boden, who left after a divided council voted 4-3 to accept his resignation in June.

The committee, which was made up of three council members and Holm, received 17 applications and narrowed the list down to five based on each candidate’s resumes.

Off the original list of five finalists was former Hiawatha City Administrator David Van Dee, who accepted a job as a city administrator in Missouri.

The other finalists were Alan Johnson, former city manager of Independence, and Gregory Seefeldt, former Woodford County Administrator.

The Clinton Herald reported last month that both Johnson and Seefeldt were fired from prior tenures as city administrator.

Both remaining candidates come from towns with smaller populations than Clinton’s. According to the 2000 census, Camanche’s population is 4,215 and Mitchellville’s population is 2,302.

However, Holm has said the candidates will be able to make the adjustment to a larger town because they have faced problems similar to Clinton’s and know Iowa law.

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