All five candidates will be available to answer questions from the community in a public reception on Feb. 16 from 5-7 p.m. in the Salisbury Room at the MacNider Art Museum, 303 Second St. S.E. They also will be interviewed by city officials from Feb. 16-17.
Mason City Personnel Director Perry Buffington said extensive background checks are still being done with all five finalists, and believes the city council should have a new city administrator officially selected at its March 6 meeting.
He added it's up to council members to do their homework and make the best decision for Mason City.
"At this point, the city council needs to have the opportunity to meet the candidates, assess their personalities and styles, to take a look at what their accomplishments are, and see how that translates into what they truly are looking for."