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3 candidates interview for NMB city manager position

John Smithson (Source: City of North Myrtle Beach) John Smithson (Source: City of North Myrtle Beach)
North Myrtle Beach, SC -

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Three candidates remain in the running to become North Myrtle Beach's next city manager, following closed interviews with leaders Wednesday afternoon.

Current City Manager John Smithson announced on February 25 he would be retiring from his post in North Myrtle Beach. Smithson, who has been with the city since January 1980, said he will remain in his position until a replacement is hired.

His replacement could be among the three individuals city leaders interviewed during an executive session Wednesday afternoon. Alan Lanning, Michael Mahaney and Mark Watson have prior experience in city management and hope to add North Myrtle Beach to their resume.

Lanning, according to North Myrtle Beach spokeswoman Nicole Aiello, worked as a former city manager in Castle Pines North, CO. Lanning earned a Bachelor of Science in political science from South Dakota State University, in addition to a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Dakota.

Mahaney, the second candidate in the group, previously worked as a city manager for the City of Deerfield Beach in Florida. Mahaney earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from James Madison University.

Watson is the only candidate not holding a previous job as city manager. A former city administrator in Yuma, AZ, Watson has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas.

Any further decisions on Smithson's replacement will be at the discretion of the North Myrtle Beach City Council, Aiello said.

Smithson's retirement date will be announced upon the hiring of a new city manager.

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