Tucson searches for a City Manager

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Now that Tucson City Manager Mike Letcher is out of the picture.  The city council's looking to find his replacement. Tuesday council members spoke as to how the process will unfold.

We watched as council members ousted embattled City Manager Mike Letcher last week in a unanimous vote.

"He knew it was his time.  We knew it was his time," said Ward 2 Councilman Paul Cunningham.

Now one week later, council members are preparing to find Letcher's replacement.

"The bottom line is everyone agrees, we want to find the best manager we can.  Tucson is a great city," said Cunningham.

At Tuesday's council meeting they'll have to first decide whether or not Richard Miranda will stay on as the interim City Manager.

"My sense has been there is no logical choice that would come up and cause us to not choose him," said Cunningham.

After that they'll begin developing a plan to search for candidates.  Two major decisions include a time line for the search.  And whether or not it will be local, in house, or national.

"This is a 1.3 billion organization that we're hiring a CEO to manage.  So, I don't think we should just limit it to local people," said Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik.

"I'd love for that person to have little bit of Tucson ties," said Cunningham.  "They don't have to have grown up here and been here their whole lives, but if they've been here before, went to grad school here."

One thing everyone agrees on, no matter how long it takes, the council won't settle as Kozachik says it has in the past.

"Frankly when Mike Hein was fired, Mike Letcher was the one sitting there and the council at the time just figured he was the natural person to step in," said Kozachik.

The council will get the ball rolling over the next few weeks, but ultimately it will be up to the new council voted in this November to decide.

Council members say they most likely won't start bringing candidates in for interviews until after the holidays.

The final decision will also include feedback from the private sector labor council and possibly the public.