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      Houghton City Manager candidate, Barry Givens, interviewed by council

      The search for the new Houghton City Manager entered its final stages Wednesday night during the city council meeting where board members conducted interviews with the final three candidates of 20 applicants for the position.

      First was lifelong Houghton resident and former Hancock mayor, Barry Givens. Givens has a degree from Michigan Tech in civil engineering and currently is the Vice President of Engineering and Design at Moyle Industries.

      Givens says his first plan of action for the city would be to continue the projects being done downtown and city beautification.

      ??They have strong schools, strong business community, a university,?? said Givens. ??They have two health care facilities, one currently and one moving in. With my skill set as an engineer, engineering with management experience, plus my government work in the city of Hancock, I just think it's a good mesh.??

      The city council is expected to vote on the position next Wednesday.