The city of Callaway is looking for a new city manager. At Tuesday nights commission meeting commissioners discussed the application process.
At last weeks special meeting the commission talked about opening the position internally for a period of 10 days starting July 1st. That would allow qualified applicants within the city to come forward if they had interest in the vacancy.
Commissioner Ralph Hollister voiced his opposition. He said the last time the city hired a manager the job was only opened internally, and did not draw a wide-range of candidates.
Mayor Thomas Abbott offered a solution, but residents saw the chance to hire internally as a way for the city to save money.
"Instead of ten days internal and twenty days external [lets open it for] just thirty days," said Mayor Abbott.
"If we can move somebody over that's a way we can save money," said a Callaway resident. "By bringing somebody in to one of those other jobs at a lesser salary. You can't bring somebody in as a city manager less than what everybody else is making."
The commission did pass the motion to allow open application to all those interested in the position starting July 1st for a period of thirty days. City leaders will then take the month of August to review those applications.