Englewood is starting to make progress toward hiring a new city manager after not having a full-time one for more than six months. Englewood City Council is expected to appoint a new city manager on …
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Englewood is starting to make progress toward hiring a new city manager after not having a full-time one for more than six months.
Englewood City Council is expected to appoint a new city manager on June 24, according to Toni Arnoldy, community relations coordinator for Englewood. The current schedule calls for final candidates for the position to interview with city council on June 3. The public is invited for a meet-and-greet with candidates at 6 p.m. that evening at Englewood Civic Center.
The city manager is responsible for enforcing policy decisions made by city council and for overseeing general operations for Englewood.
GovHR USA, a national recruiting firm, has been tasked with coordinating the search for a new city manager. Englewood is spending $22,000 for the recruiting firm’s services.
“The biggest thing is finding that qualified person that is making the best decisions for the city, making sure that all of our rules are being followed and making sure that we’re doing everything correctly,” Arnoldy said.
Those who are applying for the city manager position are required to have a master’s degree in public administration or business administration and 10 years of “responsible experience” in local government, according to the job listing. After being hired, the city manager must live in Englewood, and the job pays between $165,000 and $180,000 per year.
“This is a critically important role for the city, since elected councilmembers are not managers of the city functions, but rather representatives of the citizens giving oversight to the city through the city manager. This is a crucial and exciting time for us in choosing the next person to fill this important role,” Englewood Mayor Linda Olson said. She encouraged residents to come to the meet-and-greet with city manager candidates.
At a council meeting last September, former Englewood City Manager Eric Keck announced his resignation, saying there were a “divisive” final few months in his position, but acknowledged his decision was influenced by his famiy.
At the time of his resignation, there was a recall movement underway seeking to remove Englewood Councilmember Laurett Barrentine from office. Barrentine had been charged with harassment and disorderly conduct in connection with an incident that took place last August after a council study session. The charges against her were dropped last month, and she was able to keep her position after a vote went in her favor in a special election last September.
Other signs of divisiveness happened last summer when some residents complained about a July flood that killed a woman and left others displaced. Englewood’s drain system was built in the 1950s to the 1970s, and the city admitted it wasn’t prepared for the flood.
Dorothy Hargrove, whose permanent position is director of parks, recreation and library, is serving as the interim city manager. She said the city manager plays an active role in the community and builds relationships with citizens, community groups and businesses. Hargrove has no interest in the permanent city manager position.
“Englewood’s next city manager will face challenges, but will also have the good fortune to be a vital part of our city’s future success,” Hargrove said.
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