Davenport City Administrator Craig Malin is one of five finalists for the city manager position in Tacoma, Wash., though he isn’t sure he will go through the interview process next week.

The Tacoma City Council voted on the finalists at its meeting Tuesday night, according to The News Tribune in Tacoma.

Tacoma is the third-largest city in Washington, with a population of 198,397, nearly twice the size of Davenport, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The city grew by 2.5 percent between 2000 and 2010, a slower rate than the state’s other four largest cities.

Malin was notified by text message early Wednesday that he was a finalist. He was initially contacted by Colin Baenziger and Associates of Wellington, Fla., a search firm hired by Tacoma to find its next city manager. He didn’t have a timeline on deciding whether he would go forward in the interview process.

Interviews are scheduled for Dec. 8-10.

The outside interest in Davenport’s city administrator doesn’t surprise Mayor Bill Gluba, who pointed out Malin’s involvement in a number of national organizations and his frequent role as an instructor or speaker at conferences and seminars.

“Craig has the full confidence and support of the Davenport City Council,” Gluba said. “We certainly don’t want to lose Craig Malin.

“He is well-respected in his profession, so it doesn’t surprise me that he is recruited by communities across the country looking for a city administrator, city manager. I think he is pretty satisfied with the city of Davenport. It would surprise me if he decided to move on at this time.”

The salary of Tacoma’s previous city manager, Eric Anderson, whose contact wasn’t renewed in July, was $235,000 per year, more than Malin’s annual salary of $168,809.

Anderson moved to Tacoma in July 2005 after serving as city administrator in Des Moines.

Gluba is always quick to bring up the city administrator’s salary, saying it isn’t where it should be considering other similar Iowa cities. Bettendorf City Administrator Decker Ploehn’s salary is $162,750; the Cedar Rapids position pays $225,000; and the Dubuque city administrator earns $239,381 annually, according to information provide by the mayor’s office. The Des Moines city administrator earns $198,177.

Tacoma is struggling with a $25 million to $31 million shortfall in its $399 million budget that runs through 2012. Its city council recently discussed ways of closing that gap, including layoffs and furloughs.

The other finalists reported by the The News Tribune are Tacoma’s interim city manager, Rey Arellano; T.C. Broadnax, assistant city manager of San Antonio, Texas; Andrew Neiditz, city manager of Lakewood, Wash.; and Frederick Russell, city administrator of Augusta, Ga.

Malin was one of three finalists for a city administrator post in Dayton, Ohio, in 2006. In 2004, he was one of three finalists in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but withdrew his name. In September 2003, Malin turned down a job offer to become city manager in Peoria.