City Administrator Deanna Santana is one step closer to leaving Oakland to become city manager of Dallas.

The Dallas City Council on Wednesday pared down the list of finalists to three: Santana, former Wake County, N.C., Manager David Cooke and Dallas First Assistant City Manager A.C. Gonzalez.

Santana, who last month was selected as one of five finalists for the job, said she is "honored to have continued in the process."

The finalists will be in Dallas from Jan. 15 to Jan 17 attending council sessions, touring city facilities and interviewing with council members.

The interviews will be scheduled by the executive search firm Bob Murray and Associates. That is the same firm that recently abandoned the search for Oakland's next police chief after claiming that the recruitment had been compromised because of inappropriate conversations between candidates and city representatives.



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