City Council voted three to two to approve a contract with former Ogdensburg manager John Krol to conduct a recruitment process for city manager of Watertown.
The $10,000 fee is less than what the city paid last year for an audit of the Parks and Recreation and its one-eighth of what was spend on an early retirement plan for City Manager Jerry Hiller when he was forced out in 2002-3.
Mr. Krol is local, respected and will advise the Council on the hiring of a manager. He will also allow Council to focus on its core duties while seeking a replacement to City Manager Mary M Corriveau who is retiring.
Council also tonight gave a thumbs up to an alcohol policy on city property and approved the salary for newly hired Water Czar Michael Sligar.
Lawmakers also reviewed goals and objectives for 2012 which include on-line bill paying and successfully hiring a new city manager.