With Rick McDonald currently acting as interim city manager in the Border City, actions are currently being taken to find a full-time replacement. File Photo
The necessary steps to hire a permanent city manager are now underway.
“We went to a recruiter that specializes in municipal business and works to find city managers and chief administration officers,” said Mayor Gerald Aalbers.
The recruiters are out of Edmonton and look after all of Canada.
“We will be retaining their services to help find a new city manager for us. The ultimate decision will rest with the city council for the hiring of that manager, but basically, they will be shortlisting, interviewing candidates and bringing us a short list so we don’t have that energy tied up,” explained Aalbers.
In late March Glenn Carroll was relieved of his duties as city manager. For a short time, Kirk Morrison was appointed acting city manager until the hiring of Rick McDonald as interim city manager.
“There’s a lot of work. We want to make sure that this is open to internal candidates within the city, it’s open to candidates within the province and within the country. Anyone legally able to work in the country of Canada is eligible to apply if they have the credentials for the job,” said the mayor.
There is a cost of hiring the recruiter’s service.
“Council has allowed up to $50,000 for that process. So, there is going to be some advertising cost, the recruiter’s cost, and things like that. It will hopefully be less than that, but that’s the allocation council set aside for that,” mentioned Aalbers.
Hiring the services of a recruiter was vital Aalbers said because it was a serious position that needs to be filled by late October.
“To hire a professional in that position. To manage 350 employees plus, manage $80-million budget you want to make sure you do as thorough research as we can and recruit the best candidate. That is why we are looking for a really good recruiting firm that we have retained to do that,” he said.