Linden — The search for a new city manager in Linden will be conducted by the Michigan Municipal League (MML). Using the MML will cost the city approximately $8,555, according to Mayor David Lossing, president of the MML.
The MML is charging a professional fee of $6,500, 10 percent of the city manager’s midpoint salary. An additional $1,195 will be charged for miscellaneous fees, $360 for personality indexes and $500 for a potential third-party background investigation for a candidate. Advertising for the position would begin Dec. 14 and end Jan. 31, 2013.
“I think this will be money well spent,” said Councilor Charlie Ross.
Currently, Police Chief Scott Sutter is acting as interim city manager, following the resignation of former City Manager Mark Tallman. Tallman resigned from his position after five months on the job.
The city has had a difficulty finding a permanent replacement for former City Manager Chris Wren, who resigned in January.
The last city manager search committee comprised of members from the City of Linden and attracted more than 40 applicants. Among the applicants were Fenton Assistant City Manager and Downtown Development Authority Director Michael Burns and former Grayling City Manager David Thayer, whose interview was rescinded after city officials discovered Thayer had been fired from his position.
According to the job description, the next city manager will earn between $60,000 to $70,000. The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably a master’s degree. Management, leadership and development are some of the skills the city is looking for in their next city manager.
“We need to move forward with this,” said Councilor Ray Swan at Monday’s city council meeting.