The Fort Bragg City Council has decided to hire a professional executive recruitment firm to conduct the process of finding a new city manager.
The city manager is responsible for overseeing day-to-day administration of the city government and for ensuring that the policy direction provided by the council is implemented. Hiring a new city manager can be done by appointing one without a recruitment process, utilizing an in-house recruitment that runs around $10,000, or hiring a firm for about double that cost.
Resident Anne Renneker suggested putting the job out to bid before hiring a recruiting firm to see if a replacement could be found easily. Using in-house recruitment services was considered, but the council felt the gravity of the job constituted professional assistance.
The recruitment of a city manager will likely cost between $25,000 and $30,000, funds that will be allocated between the General Fund and the Water and Wastewater Enterprises.
Mayor Lindy Peters and Council Member Dave Turner will sit on an ad hoc committee to discuss details on moving forward with the recruitment firm.