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Selecting City manager recruitment firm

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 19:44:26 -0700

Hello Council,

Picking a new city manager is one of the most important tasks that any
council can do. I was surprised at the relatively low bids for the job when
considering other RPFs that I’ve seen go to council.

This is no time to cut financial or process corners. Residents’ interests
should be always kept at the front of mind when designing the process.
While staff are important, our interests should come first and the process
needs to include meaningful staff and community input. I also liked
Mickie Winkler’s prior suggestion that Council “hire a non-traditional
consultant to offer alternative organizational and staffing models.” She
suggests that our city would benefit from considering new organizational
models. The right kind of firm could bring expertise that would help us see
ways to better organize to save money and to make MP a more desirable place
to work.

I also think that the budget should include travel money for “site visits”
before any offer is made. Carefully selected pairs of staff and community
members, traveling incognito, would attend at least one Council meeting,
drop by City Hall, drive around the city, etc. and record their
impressions. We need to budget enough money to carefully vet those on the
short list.

The article, “It’s all about the Process in the City Manager search” makes
many excellent points.
I suggest at least a quick skim.

The staff report indicated that you might pick a firm tonight. I suggest
ruling out the Ralph Andersen & Associates firm because a former Menlo Park
city manager (David Boesch) would lead the search. Boesch’s prior ties to
Menlo Park could lead to narrow thinking or special interests influencing
the process. He also not experienced at leading a city manager search

Peckham & McKenney has an excellent list of clients. However, this firm’s
default process did not include meaningful staff and community input.

Unless I missed something, Bob Murray & Associates was the only firm that
included community and staff involvement as part of their suggested
process. They listed it as an optional service. However, they state that
“many of our clients value a recruitment process that opens the opportunity
for community members, business leaders, organizational representatives,
and employees to provide input regarding the ideal candidate.” By flagging
the importance of community and staff input in this process, this firm is
already giving some sage advice to MP.

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Tue Oct 23 2018 - 19:42:48 PDT

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