Key West is apparently a highly desirable place for city manager applicants. A selection committee of the United States' most southern city has pared down 123 applicants to seven. Baird is included in the latest list along with a retired commander of the Key West Naval Air Station, Jim Scholl. The nine-member committee gave Scholl a top rating in preliminary scoring of applicants.
A former Key West City Manager, Felix Cooper didn't make the smaller list. The city commission will now take over the final selection for what may be a $200,000 a year job. The previous city manager Julio Avael earned about $132,000 a year and the city commission is upping the ante to get a new person. Avael will reportedly stick around to help the new manager get up to speed.