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Council will meet Thursday to review city manager applications

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This Thursday, Delta City Council will be sitting down in an executive session to review the applications for city manager. A total of 45 applications were received as of the Oct. 9 deadline.

The city's consultant, Mercer Group, had planned to winnow down the number of applications for review, but councilmembers said they would like to see all 45 resumes, not just those "handpicked" by the Carbondale-based recruitment firm.

Council also discussed dates for interviews, and settled on Nov. 23-24.

Advertisements for the city manager opening stress the word "experienced" in describing the type of individual the city is looking for. The ideal candidate will be a "firm but fair" manager who will lead the council in setting long-range goals. Top candidates will exhibit proven leadership, team building and decision-making skills, and be willing to get out and meet the employees from time to time.

The recruitment brochure continues, "Honesty, transparency, two-way communication and support of staff will be keys to success. The ideal manager will be involved in the community because he/she wants to, not because he/she has to, and will promote a positive image of the city with the citizens. Economic development experience, as well as familiarity with state and federal grant-funding opportunities, will be a plus.

Candidates looking for a "stepping stone" are advised to look elsewhere.

"The City of Delta has recently struggled to keep a city manager in the position for longer than a couple of years," the brochure notes. "As such, the city desires longevity in the top job."

The position pays $102,000 to $120,000, plus a benefits package that includes health, dental and vision insurance, along with retirement.

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