By Tim Pallesen
City commissioners have narrowed their search for a new city manager to five candidates, with a final selection possible as early as Nov. 7.
The five finalists include interim City Manager Terry Stewart, whom a majority of commissioners say has proven himself capable for the permanent job.
Stewart, who began working in Delray Beach in June, has previous experience as city manager of Cape Coral and Fort Myers Beach.
Other finalists are:
• Michael Woika, a Boca Raton assistant city manager since 2004. Woika, who has a civil engineering degree, has supervised utilities, public works and economic development for Boca Raton.
• Donald Cooper, the former city manager in Port St. Lucie for 19 years. The city grew from 56,000 to 165,000 residents during that time. Cooper now works at the Torrey Pines Institute of Molecular Studies.
• Andrea McCue, the county manager for Lancaster County, Pa., for 10 years. She previously worked in finances for R.R. Donnelley, the world’s largest printing company.
• Roberto Hernandez, who has been deputy county administrator in Broward County and deputy city manager in Coral Springs.
Commissioners picked Pat Salerno, a former city manager in Sunrise and Coral Gables, as an alternate candidate if one of the top five drops out. They will interview candidates on Nov. 6-7.