The running for city manager at Williamston is coming to a close as the city council has narrowed the candidates to three.
Larry Collins, Susan Montenegro and Corey Schmidt were all called for a second interview in front of the city council last week. The council’s decision on the next city manager will be made Thursday at Williamston City Hall.
The new manager will replace Alan Dolley, who retired last month after a 20-year tenure.
Collins was the first candidate interviewed.
When asked about what he can bring to the job, Collins said: “A number of years of experience in the government, high-level education, the understanding of business and government, working together and being successful moving forward. Those are the things I think I can bring.
Collins said “Williamston has a lot of potential and a community that all wants to work together and move organizations forward.”
Collins is also a doctoral candidate, a member of the International City Managers Association, and thinking about teaching part-time in the future.
Montenegro, a former pastor, was the next candidate. She worked with the Downtown Development Authority and is currently the assistant city manager in Owosso.
Montenegro said: “I think that it’s a great opportunity to work in conjunction with city council, to work with people going forward and develop strong relationships with people in the community, and just be a strong asset to their community.
Montenegro took time out of her day to visit local business owners the day before the second interviews and asked various questions.
Montenegro believes she is the right person for the job and said: “Experience working as an assistant city manager and working with the DDA, working with brownfields, working with redevelopment, and developers that have come into our community, and being a key person that they have been a contact with throughout that process and bring those things into this community and a lot of knowledge.”
Montenegro left with saying, “I think Williamston is a really cool town.”
Schmidt was the final candidate interviewed. He is currently the city manager in Marlette, Michigan.
Schmidt was asked what he would look forward to if he became the city manager of Williamston and said: “I think I’d be looking forward to becoming part of the community here, seems like the council very much want somebody who is willing to get out there and meet with businesses, meet with the service organizations, meet with the residents, that’s something I certainly have a lot of experience doing at my current job
“I think the diversity of experiences that I’ve had in my career, I’ve been in a city manager’s office, as an assistant or as a city manager throughout my whole career, and that’s exposed me to a lot of different things in this career path.” Schmidt said, “Whether it is budgeting or finance, which is probably my strongest skill set, analyzing programs, and policies those things that you just have to have in this career path.”
The city council announced the new city manager on Monday, March 26th at their city council meeting.