The city of Flagstaff is searching for a new director for its Public Works Department.

Its current director, Erik Solberg, is retiring at the end of the month. The city has narrowed the field of candidates for the position from 29 applications to the following five finalists.

--Rebecca Sayers currently holds the position of public works section director for Flagstaff and is also serving as the city’s interim recreation director. She has also directed Facilities Maintenance, and the Sustainability and Environmental Management sections, was the Sustainability and Environmental manager, Environmental Program manager, and an Environmental Supervisor for the city.

--Andrew Bertelsen is the public works director for Coconino County. He has also worked for the county as an interim assistant county manager and the planning and budget manager. Previously he worked as the assistant city manager for Sedona.

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--Stewart Fearon has served for more than three years as the director of public works for the U.S. Army. Prior to that, he worked as a liaison officer with Installation Management Command, taught military science at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, and worked as a regional engineer for the Army.

--Glenn Kephart currently works as the public works director for Coral Gables, Fla. Prior to that, he worked as the public works director for Tempe, and has worked as district traffic engineer and pavement management engineer for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

--Lesley Riddle is the public works department director for Hyattsville, Maryland. Prior to that, she was the Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Greenbelt in Greenbelt, MD.

All five candidates will be part of a two-day interview process which includes interviews and presentations with public works employees, City leadership staff and City division directors.

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Suzanne writes about education and business. She covers the local school district, charter schools and Northern Arizona University. She also writes the Sunday business features.

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