Commissioners to consider city manager search

Sandusky City Commission will have a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to consider a proposal from a consulting group to search for a new city manager.
Sandusky Register Staff
Jun 17, 2011

Sandusky City Commission will have a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday to consider a proposal from a consulting group to search for a new city manager.

The proposal from Novak Consulting Group of Cincinnati, introduced to the commission at its last regular meeting, includes a fee of $17,500 with $3,000 in additional costs for printing, advertising and background checks.

The city also would be responsible for travel costs for the finalists who are interviewed.

The 16-page document outlines the qualifications and experience of its personnel, a project timeline and references to other cities in the United States where Novak has worked to hire managers before.

Under the proposed timeline, a new city manager would be hired by mid-October.

Novak also agrees that if the selected candidate leaves the position within two years, the group will perform the search again for no professional fee, only the costs of reimbursable expenses.

Don Icsman has been serving in a dual role as law director and interim city manager since November 2009, after Matt Kline was fired.

The legislation to be considered Monday and the proposal from Novak Consulting Group can be viewed below.

Comments

The Answer Person

Why get one?  Waste of money.  Does anyone think that the good old boys and one woman gang won't like any candidate they hire?

Centauri

The city also would be responsible for travel costs for the finalists who are interviewed.

Darkhorse

I think it is a low ball figure for what all they are slated to do including a followup after hiring. 

Pragmatic
  I think having a reputable firm hire someone is a great idea. Companies (even non-profits) do this all the time with senior executives. Hiring the right person is so critically important - - there is so much more to it than a few rounds of interviews and reference checks. Most likely, the headhunters will do some personality testing, EQ testing, as well as other tests. These juxtapose all of the other professional tools they will have that the City of Sandusky doesn’t use could bring the right candidate to the table.    Also, we should consider this a deal. If the person doesn’t stay for a few years – the consulting firm will do this all again for no fee. Let’s face it – this town doesn’t accept or embrace people from outside the bubble – so, we will use the headhunter the second time.   Now, the third time…honestly…it isn’t the candidates anymore. True colors will be shining brightly of where the problem lies.
Erie County Resident

To the city commission I make the motion to hire Kramer from Seinfeld to be the next city manager.

Do I hear a 2nd to the motion.... anywhere.....anyone.... a 2nd please...

frizzlefrap

2nd. the motion!

Woody Hayes

Save $20,000.00, hire Dumpster Don as city manager.

frizzlefrap

hire grandma stella ..... she can really "CUT" spending ..... she could execute people, for free! ..... and at the same time cut a whole chicken to barbacue for the city of sandusky annual picnics!

JERRY from SANDUSKY

 

$90,000 a year is all this town can afford any more than that the citys administrative officials needs to give up their salary to pay for it............ To put it blunt they all are not wort their salt...... they should be made to forfit some of their salarys just like us......  Also lay a few off and give them more work loads like us common folk did.
LivinOnTheLake

Wow, $17,500 includes Novak's professional fee AND their expenses. That seems like a VERY low figure considering some of her associates probably live in Maryland. Its not like these consultants all live in Cincinnati. If that is all they are charging to find the next city manager, then Sandusky should take this deal and run with it. Of course, the devil's advocate in me will say, "you get what you pay for" and that probably will be a second-rate city manager candidate like the past couple we've had that had NO experience in running a city the size of Sandusky. Just because somebody interviews well, doesn't really mean that they have the experience and qualifications to actually manage and lead the city to prosperity.