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The city of Tucson is planning a national search to find a new city manager, but whoever it appoints as the interim manager will not be eligible to apply for the permanent position.

The Tucson City Council decided Tuesday it will use a combination of a national search firm, and a local search committee to cull through the qualified applicants and decide who the finalists are.

Council members expressed concern about balancing a public search process, and also keeping applicants' names confidential so they don't risk losing their current jobs.

"The confidentiality is really important, we heard that last time," said Councilwoman Regina Romero.

The council decided some of those details, and other search process details, will be worked out later.

The six city council members and the mayor were unanimous that they will likely appoint a city employee to the interim position, and that person will not be eligible to apply for the permanent position. Several council members expressed concern that doing otherwise would prevent high-quality applicants from taking the job posting seriously.

“Having an interim, and appointing an heir apparent within our realm, that basically means that the top person who may be in Pittsburgh or Cleveland or Long Beach, or wherever they are, they won’t apply,” said Councilman Paul Cunningham.