50 applicants were initially screened by human resources staff, and then a panel ranked candidates and recommended seven people for oral interviews with a four-person board comprised of a representative of the mayor’s office, another city employee and two non-employees with expertise in the subject area, city human resources Director said.
The board declined to forward any finalists to Mayor....

Former Mayor ... nominated the director who just left to the post in late 2010 and he was confirmed by the City Council early the next year. He was selected from 63 applicants in the second of two national searches. The first search produced no finalists.

What are they looking for ?
Is Madison that tough ?