Vancouver plans speedy search for city manager

Vancouver plans speedy search for city manager

first_imgVancouver will follow an “aggressive” time line in recruiting and hiring a new city manager, with the process set to be done before Nov. 1, the city council and its management consultants decided Monday.By Oct. 25, councilors and the management search firm they hired, Waldron & Company, plan to firm up requirements for the position; go through references and background; determine two or three finalists; and interview and make their decisions. City Manager Pat McDonnell will leave the city on Nov. 1 to take a job with SEH America.The city will first open the application process to current employees and employees who worked for the city in the past two years, with applications due by Oct. 8. The process could change, however, if at any point a majority of the council chooses to expand their scope.Over an hour-and-a-half discussion, the consultants outlined the qualities that council members shared in individual interviews last week — which included varied and even opposing desires like “grounded” and “creative,” “mature” and “fresh ideas,” and “stay the course” and “finds new opportunities.”After listing all of the seven members’ top issues and priorities for a new city manager, Waldron & Company Managing Director Lara Cunningham quipped the applicant must also “walk on water.”last_img

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