Mason City’s Trout still in running for Topeka job

Officials in Topeka narrowed their choice to five candidates, including Trout, a month ago. The finalists went to Topeka in late July for interviews with the selection committee.

That group, made up of the mayor and nine City Council members, met in executive session Friday morning. They emerged saying they wanted more information concerning one or more of the candidates but did not elaborate.

They are scheduled to meet in executive session again Tuesday night. Mayor Larry Wolgast has said there won’t be any announcement about any of the candidates until a contract is in place with whoever is chosen.

Trout has been city administrator in Mason City since 2007. Other finalists are Doug Gerber, former deputy city manager and current interim city manager in Topeka who has worked for the city for three years; Jeffrey Dingman, deputy city administrator in Fort Smith, Ark., since 2011; Jason Gage, Salina, Kan., city manager since 2005; and David Hales, city manager in Bloomington, Ill., since 2008.


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