The search for a new Evanston City Manager reportedly has been narrowed to two final candidates.

Ald. Cicely Fleming (9th), in a newsletter to constituents Friday morning, said council members narrowed the field of finalists from four candidates to two during a closed-door meeting that lasted several hours on Tuesday.

She says the Council had started with a list of 10 semi-finalist candidates recommended by the consulting firm the city hired to run the search.

Fleming said she didn’t attend the Tuesday meeting because of the death last week of her mother.

She complained that although she had sent her thoughts about the finalists to other council members, they decided to not consider her input because she wasn’t present at the meeting, although she said Mayor Daniel Biss, and Alds. Tom Suffredin (6th) and Eleanor Revelle (7th) had favored taking her preferences into consideration.

Fleming says the two final candidates, whose names have not yet been released, will be introduced to residents for town hall and panel interviews. She said residents of her ward who want to participate in the panel interviews can fill out a form on her website to be considered.

The city website indicates that the Council plans to be at the stage of negotiating a contract with the chosen new manager by the week of Jan. 10.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.