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June 17, 2013

Oneonta resident Douglas Kendall picked for city clerk

Selection goes to Common Council for approval Tuesday

Staff Report
The Daily Star

ONEONTA — Oneonta resident Douglas Kendall has been selected by Oneonta City Manager Michael Long to succeed Jim Koury as city clerk, pending approval by the Common Council on Tuesday night, according to a memorandum today by Long.

Long's memo to Mayor Dick Miller, members of the Council, Koury and City Personnel Director Kathy Wolverton said that there were 23 applications for the position.

"A  screening process was begun that evaluated the potential abilities of each applicant and the skill set that each possessed," the memo said. "There were formal face to face interviews completed with six candidates that best met the needs of the position. Kathy Wolverton and Jim Koury assisted with me in completing this step in the process. There was consensus on three semi-finalists, and further discussion led to reference checks on two finalists.

"My selection for the City Clerk position is Douglas Kendall and I ask the Common

Council to confirm this appointment. He has been a resident of our city over the last 13

years and may be familiar to some of the council members due to his community

involvement."

Since last year, Kendall has been the registrar at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Mass. For two years before that, he was curator of collections for the Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown.

He earned a Ph.D in American & New England Studies at Boston University.