Avondale’s search for a city manager narrows from 41 applicants to 3 finalists

By Endia Fontanez | Arizona Republic

Avondale’s hunt for a new city manager is down to three finalists — all currently working in other Arizona cities. 

The finalists include:

Cottonwood City Manager Ron Corbin.

Prescott City Manager Michael Lamar.

Scottsdale Assistant City Manager Brent Stockwell. 

Avondale is looking for a new top executive after the City Council fired former City Manager Charles Montoya two days before Christmas, citing a list of reasons that included improper tuition reimbursements and not living in the city. Montoya has pushed back on those claims. He filed a notice of claim against the city seeking nearly $6.9 million, asserting the city breached his contract and defamed him.  

What’s coming: Avondale lands eateries, apartments and amenities at the BLVD

41 applied for top job

Avondale’s search launched six months ago. The council selected finalists from a pool of 41 applicants. 

Avondale is a suburb southwest of Phoenix with about 90,000 residents.

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