The search for a manager for the City of Ketchikan and Ketchikan Public Utilities has taken a step forward.  Ketchikan’s City Council met in special session Tuesday to narrow down the field.

After more than three hours meeting behind closed doors, the council emerged from executive session to announce 15 semi-finalists for the position. Council member Judy Zenge listed the candidates.

The city manager’s office confirmed that none of the candidates are local.

The council will work with Strategic Government Resources Inc., the firm hired to conduct the manager search, to select four to six finalists.  The process is expected to take several months.

The finalists will then be invited to Ketchikan before a selection is made.

Karl Amylon had served as the city manager for 26 years. He died weeks after retiring in August 2021. Lacey Simpson has been serving as interim manager.