Paul Cayler, the interim city manager in Cloverdale for the past five months, appears to have passed his audition.
Cayler is set to officially be named city manager Wednesday, with the City Council scheduled to approve a three-year employment contract.
He was among 38 "solid candidates" who were part of an initial screening of applicants for the permanent position, which was winnowed down to four, then eventually two finalists, according to City Councilwoman Carol Russell.
"Paul has been outstanding," Russell said Monday of Cayler's performance since taking over in February. "From Day One, he treated his interim assignment as if it were his regular, permanent job. He rolled up his sleeves and went out into the community as well."
Cayler, 48, was one of two finalists who went through interviews with two panels of business and community representatives, as well as the City Council.
According to his contract set for approval Wednesday, he will be paid $135,000 annually.
"It's not a done deal yet," Cayler said Monday of his clinching the top administrative job, which will be subject to a vote by the City Council Wednesday.
But both Russell and Mayor Joe Palla, part of the subcommittee that interview the job finalists, said Cayler has passed background and medical checks and is the right fit for Cloverdale.
Cayler's salary will be less than the $160,000 his predecessor Nina Regor was earning when she left the city in 2012 after five years as city manager to take the job as the city administrator in Camas, Wash.
But it's a raise compared to the $112,000 he was making when he left Willits in January, after more than four years as city manager.