On Dec. 7, Bethel City Council will hold a special meeting to interview four candidates for the position of Bethel City Manager. The meeting is open to the public.
The candidates come from across the United States, and two have previously worked in Bethel city government.
Candidate Pete Williams has the most experience in Bethel,and is currently the acting city manager. Williams served as the city port director for many years, and as acting city manager three separate times. He was officially hired for the Bethel City Manager position in 2017, where he served for two years. Bethel City Council fired him from that job in 2019 in a 4-3 vote.
Another candidate, Janette Bower, also has Bethel experience. She formerly worked as the Bethel City Clerk. Most recently, she served as a city administrator in Minnesota for a town of 4,100 people.
The third candidate, Donald Kewley, began working in the public sector a few years ago. Most recently he worked as the chief innovation officer for Palm Coast, Florida, population 87,607. He resigned after one year.
The final candidate, Scott McClure, has worked in city government since 1989. He most recently worked as the city manager for a town in Oregon, where he was fired without cause after just four months.