BY LUIS GRONDA
Community Board 9 has chosen the top five candidates to be considered for their available district manager position.
Members of the selection committee convened on Thursday night at Queens Borough Hall to go over the 11 resumes submitted to replace Mary Ann Carey, who retired last year after 35 years on the job.
According to CB9, the five candidates chosen to be interviewed are Lisa Gomes, Scott Wolff, James McClelland, Beryl Nyack and Joann Ariola.
The committee sat at a roundtable and looked at the applications, without the names attached to each resume. This allowed the members to judge the applicants solely based on their credentials and avoid any potential bias or influence, according to Ralph Gonzalez, the board’s chairman and selection committee member.
The members spent less than an hour sifting through the resumes and picking the five they liked the most,
After that was completed, another committee member, Dr. Vincent Evangelista, took a tally of which applications the committee members selected for their top five. The five applications that were selected by each member were compiled into one unranked list.
Wolff is currently the Director of Constituent Services for Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing). McClelland has served has Chief of Staff for two elected officials, State Senator Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and Councilmember Peter Koo (D-Flushing). Gomes is currently the acting district manager for CB9, Nyack is the assistant district manager for Community Board 3 in Brooklyn and Ariola is the head of the Howard Beach-Lindenwood Civic Association and a member of Community Board 10.
The next step is to bring the five hopefuls in for an interview with the CB9 staff.
Gonzalez said the majority of the candidates who applied were highly qualified, making the process of choosing the five finalists interesting.
“It was difficult to choose the five candidates and it will certainly be even more difficult to get to the next level,” he said.
Maria Thomson, also a member of the committee, said she thought the process was well-organized and was done quickly.
“Everyone was very conscientious in giving each resume individual attention,” she said. “They understand that this is a very important decision.”
The board also decided what they will recommend the starting salary should be for the person who will take over as district manager.
The committee voted to offer $67,500 per year to the candidate but that is not set in stone and is pending approval by the full community board, according to Gonzalez.
The five candidates were brought in for interviews on Wednesday, Jan. 14, They will choose at least three people to bring to the full board and choose the top candidate to offer the position to.
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