The line between advise and consent and interfering is a sometimes thin one and interim City Administrator Willie Banks, Jr. wants city council members to be wary of that as it picks his successor.

The line between advise and consent and interfering is a sometimes thin one and interim City Administrator Willie Banks, Jr. wants city council members to be wary of that as it picks his successor.

Banks advised the council at its Monday afternoon meeting that the search for applicants is being expanded to include regional and national advertising.

Councilman Danny Dowd said he would like the council to have some input in the screening of applicants and asked if there are any legal constraints against that.

Banks said he was not aware of any, but cautioned there might be a conflict of interest or ethical issue, since the council ultimately hires the administrator.

Dowd said he understood those concerns, but at the same time, he and probably other council members have questions they would like addressed by the applicants.

Banks suggested the council members draft a list of questions they would like addressed during the preliminary screening process.

“I would like to have one-on-one interaction,” Dowd said, adding he believes he can get a better read on a prospect by talking face-to-face.

Banks understood that, but said he felt that opportunity would be better placed after the preliminary screening, when the field has been narrowed to whatever number of finalists the interim administrator might select.

That seemed to ease Dowd’s concerns.

In another personnel matter, Banks told the council the application period for the community development specialist position has closed and that the city has several prospects for that post, created by the consolidation of several jobs into one.

On still another personnel issue. Mayor Rick Allen said prior to the meeting the city attorney post remains open as the city explores available options.

A.C. “Chuck” Dowden left the city attorney-city prosecutor job on June 30. Clay Williams is the new prosecutor.