The coverage of last night's City Council meeting was kind in that it glossed over the raw emotions and suspicions that need to be overcome in the search for a new city manager, but also in the determination of who will function in the role on an interim basis when Manager Mary Corriveau retires this spring.
After meeting with the four Council members this past two weeks, I proposed a hands-on process where Council makes the key decisions while relying on professional advice on keeping a process on track. We stayed away from head hunters which are costly and can produce dubious results.
The low key presentation by former Maple City manager John Krol seemed to me a reasonable and rationale way to manage expectations, egos, agendas and ultimately the selection of a manager.
Mr. Krol had reasearched the experience Council had in two previous searches including the grueling 13 month search after the departure of Karl Amylon in 1994. It's not rocket science and good hiring practices are already in print in materials from the International City Manager Association.
However keeping a process on track and retaining the confidence of Council members already rubbed raw over recent events would benefit from the steady hand of a trusted and respected figure like Mr. Krol.
There were different views last night, but I believe there was a general consensus on this approach.
City Council Gets Advice from Former City Manager