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in or Subscribe See Offers. A public input gathering session is planned for p. Thursday in council chambers at Augusta City Center. Susan Robertson, assistant city manager and human resources director, told city councilors Thursday the deadline for candidates to apply likely will be early- to mid-September, with interviews expected by the end of that month.
Because it is unlikely the new person will start before Bridgeo leaves, it is anticipated an interim manager will be appointed to fill in that gap. Bridgeo said Friday that Robertson, who served as a municipal manager for 24 years before she came to her current job in Augusta, expressed a willingness to serve in an acting city manager capacity during the hiring process.
She ly told city councilors she will not be a candidate for the job and is currently working with consultant Don Gerrish in that search. Gerrish, a former longtime city manager now working as a consultant at Eaton Peabody Consulting Group, recommended the city hold the upcoming public input session to find out what locals want to see in their next manager. The purpose of that, he said, is to gather information about what community members believe are the major issues and challenges facing Augusta in the next five years.
People like that; it gives them a chance to come in and give some input. He said the sessions elsewhere have had mixedwith 80 people attending one in Rockland, but no one showing up in Ellsworth.
From the start of the hiring process, Gerrish said, it should take about two months to have a new hire. Though, he said, that person may need more time to leave their job and relocate to Augusta.
Gerrish will screen initial applicants and forward top candidates to city councilors for them to interview and make their selection. He expects there were be 25 to 30 applicants, which he said he generally narrows down to around six. I may give you a recommendation of eight or nine. In his recommendations to councilors, he said he would include information about why he selected those candidates. He noted that in the last 15 or so manager hiring processes on which he worked, the municipalities have all selected someone he recommended.
Gerrish is also working as a consultant for the city of Gardiner in its search for a new city manager. In his search, Gerrish said, he will emphasize the criteria councilors and the public indicate they want used to select a new city manager. He said he generally looks at experience, ties to Maine, the ability to run an organization, skills managing people and finances, someone who has worked with a board before, and someone who fits the community and meets its needs. City Attorney Stephen Langsdorf recalled that when Bridgeo was hired 23 years ago, the city attorney at the time insisted that meant he had to move to Augusta in order to start the job.
Langsdorf said his interpretation of the charter requirement is that the new manager must move to Augusta within a reasonable amount of time, not immediately, within something like six months. Please wait for the to reload. If the does not reload within 5 seconds, please refresh the. This profile is in addition to your subscription and website. Already have one? Create a commenting profile by providing an address, password and display name.
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