By: Halie Woody
Grand Ledge Gazette staff writer
GRAND LEDGE- The city council met Monday night with the Michigan Municipal League to discuss recruitment options for a new city administrator.
After serving as city administrator for 15 years, Jon Bayless has announced his retirement. With Bayless, leaving the search for his replacement has begun.
The lead executive recruiter, Kathie Grinzinger, gave an in depth presentation as to how the recruiting process will go if the council chooses to hire the MML to find a replacement.
“Choosing an administrator is one of the most important things you can do during your time on city council,” said Grinzinger.
The recruitment process generally takes up to 90 days and the most basic package costs $8,000. The council will work with Grinzinger to create a profile in which they would like to see the next administrator fit that incudes, skills, knowledge and attributes.
Challenges of choosing a new administrator
While the recruiting process has proven to be beneficial for local governments there are some challenges in keeping the customer satisfied.
“Sometimes folks think it should happen so quickly,” Grinzinger said. “People make a list of all these things they want in a candidate and expect to get all of them.”
Grinzinger says, “Keeping expectations realistic,” is the most difficult part to the process.
The council has not confirmed whether they will be going through with the MML for the recruitment, but all council members seem to be in favor of doing so.
MML beneficial to council’s organization
Council member, Sue Roberts, went through a recruiting process about 20 years ago in Mason to choose a new super intendant. During this time, a recruiting agency wasn’t hired and the outcome was very messy.
“The screening process wasn’t there and there wasn’t enough background check,” Roberts said. “It was gruesome.”
The council has used the MML 15 years ago when they hired Bayless, which proved to be successful.
“15 years ago we went through the MML and it came down to Jon and some other guy,” Mayor Kalmin Smith said. “We were so close to picking the other guy but went for Jon and it’s been a great decision.”
Furthermore, Bayless agrees that the best option for finding his replacement is through the MML. He says that it’s more organized and will take less time.
“It kind of takes the politics out of it,” Bayless said.
The council’s final decision is looking to be pursuing recruitment through the MML.
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