FLORENCE — Three top Pinal County officials are in the running to be the next county manager.

The Board of Supervisors interviewed candidates behind closed doors Wednesday and agreed on a list of three finalists for the job: Louis Andersen, public works director for almost six years; Chris Keller, chief civil deputy in the Pinal County Attorney’s Office; and Leo Lew, assistant county manager.

The supervisors are expected to conduct further interviews and select one as the new manager before current County Manager Greg Stanley retires in October. Two months ago, after Stanley announced his retirement, the supervisors said they would begin looking for his replacement within the county’s existing ranks.

Stanley told the supervisors in April he wants to retire in early October, although “I’m flexible on the date.” He noted it typically takes the county four months to hire a new manager, although it has also taken as long as six or seven months.

Stanley was appointed county engineer in 2004, director of public works in 2005, assistant county manager in 2012 and county manager in January 2014.

He grew up in Phoenix, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1976 and served 26 years in the Army, retiring as a colonel. He came to Pinal County after serving as the public works director in Casa Grande and is registered as a professional engineer in Virginia and Arizona.

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