League to assist city manager search

Katrice Perkins/Daily Mining Gazette Michigan Municipal League Executive Director Jerry Richards leads a brainstorming meeting for the Hancock City Council as it decides the qualifications for a new city manager to replace the retiring Glenn Anderson.

HANCOCK — The City Council has contracted the Michigan Municipal League (MML) to help find a new city manager.

On Wednesday the council held a special planning meeting with MML Executive Director Jerry Richards.

In attendance from the council was everyone except Joe Bauman, Mary Babcock and Mayor Lisa McKenzie, who was absent due to a death in her family.

The purpose of the meeting was to give a profile of the city while brainstorming on skills, knowledge and qualities the candidates must possess. The information gathered is meant to go into a brochure that will continue this multi-step process of hiring a manager.

There was discussion whether the council will hire the person as an assistant manager to take over as city manager once current City Manager Glenn Anderson retires.

Anderson is in his 22nd year as city manager. His last day is scheduled to be Jan. 1, 2019.

The hiring process includes a brainstorming meeting, brochure, vetting process, a second meeting to evaluate a short list of candidates, interviews and hiring.

Roberts said the vetting process will take a while. He wants to have in-depth conversations with the candidates, delve into the qualified candidates and make sure they are serious about the position.

“I want to make sure the candidate understands the weather in Hancock and the environment. I’m trying to give the candidate a clear idea of what they’re getting into,” said Richards.

He estimated the brochure would be done in about three weeks, then they will be ready to start accepting applications.

The process will take 4-6 months to complete.

Some of the things the council agreed on is having a person who is “laid back” and can “juggle many hats.” With some debate, the council agreed on a salary range of $75-90,000, with a possible steps program.

There was a debate on how much education should be required. Council members agreed the candidate should have at least a bachelor’s degree, with a master’s desired, and 3-5 years of municipal government experience.

The biggest disagreement was the start date and transitional period.

Richards expected to select a candidate by July 1. Ted Belej, mayor pro-tem, agreed that this was a good date.

Daniel Seguin was wary of whether they could afford to pay both managers’ salaries until Anderson leaves.

“I think the other mayor should have a say, but she’s not here,” John Haeussler said.

Richards said he will be speaking with the absent members before making final decisions for the brochure.