The Malden City Council is evaluating more than a dozen applicants for the city's chief financial officer post, the mayor said Wednesday.
The home-rule petition required to change the city's charter and usher in the new financial reporting system is expected to pass the state Legislature Thursday, Mayor Gary Christenson said.
About 20 people applied for the job, Christenson said.
The round of applicants comes two and a half months after John Clark, a top official in Billerica, accepted an offer to become the Malden CFO, but quickly resigned, citing family reasons.
Christenson vowed to restart the search. The treasurer/collector position, designed as the second in command to the CFO, is under the purview of the City Council. The restructuring of Malden's financial system was a key victory of then-councilor Christenson, who brokered a deal to create the new top position. The agreement kept intact the council's power to hire and fire the treasurer/collector, while the CFO will report directly to the mayor.
Meanwhile, the City Council Finance Committee, headed by At-large Councilor Gregory Lucey, will evaluate the applicants before interviewing candidates.