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Rincon pares candidates for city manager to three
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The city of Rincon could have a new city manager in a couple of weeks, according to Mayor Ken Lee.

The city council has narrowed its choices for the position to Wesley Corbitt, Karen Degges and MarRonde A. Lumpkin-Lotson. Corbitt is the current interim city manager. Degges is the city administrator for Baldwin, a northeast Georgia city of approximately 3,300 residents. Lumpkin-Lotson is the city of Savannah’s director of economic development and has served as Thunderbolt’s city administrator for nearly six years.

Lee said interviews have been concluded and the city is going through the waiting period of 15 days before making its selection.

“We’ll meet again and consider whether we’re ready to make a decision or need further discussion,” he said.

The position opened initially in August 2011 when Mike Phillips stepped down after nearly two and a half years. Corbitt, then the finance director, was named interim city manager in December 2011. The city council suspended its search for a permanent replacement and reopened the process last June.

“It’s been a long process,” Lee said. “We’ve managed well over the last year. We’re excited about the applicants we had, and we’re excited about the three candidates we have. We feel they are all very strong and very capable, so we’re ready to have a city manager back in place again.”

There were more than 60 applicants for the position, including 10 hopefuls who had applied for the first time. City council made its three candidates known Tuesday, after a workshop and an executive session to discuss personnel.

“We had a lot of choices, a lot of interest in the position,” Lee said. “We whittled it down over a period of time. It was a process until we got down to those three.”