City Manager Search Committee Formed: Council Establishes Hiring Timeline

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Thursday July 11, 2013

Over the past several months, the City Council has been discussing what search process would be best for assisting in the selection of South Burlington’s next City Manager. After several options were presented by Lisa Ventriss and former Deputy City Manager Bob Rusten, it was decided that a citizen led committee would be ideal. At the City Council’s May 6th meeting, Ventriss and Rusten presented two goals which they felt should guide the search. The primary goal is “to hire a South Burlington City Manager with the technical skills and ability to function effectively within the City’s culture, so that he/she can successfully assist the City to identify where it wants to be, and then facilitate all administrative processes to reach its goals.”

The secondary goal is “to garner community support from a sufficiently varied group of constituencies regarding whom to hire as City Manager, so as to build a broad base of support for the City Manager in achieving the primary goal.” 
At the Council’s June 17 meeting, Ventriss provided the Council with a roster of search committee candidates who represented business, education, the public sector, unions, and retirees. She also provided a job description, job posting, and agency profile. Councilors agreed that the search committee should be capped at nine, but felt that a couple of sectors were missing. 

 Ventriss evaluated the list, made adjustments, and at a special meeting held Tuesday, June 25, the City Council unanimously formalized the appointment of members to the search committee. The search committee Chair is Lisa Ventriss, Staff Liaison is Tom Hubbard, and the members are Charles Baker, Martin Kenny, Rene LaBerge, Ellen Shapiro, John Wilking, School Superintendent David Young, Chris Smith, Planning Commission Chair Jessica Louisos, and Martha Lyons.

 The solidification of the committee is a key component in moving the City forward toward finding its next City Manager.  City Council has established a timeline with the goal of posting the position during July, accomplishing the initial review of applications in August, and making final candidate recommendations in early September. An official announcement by City Council is scheduled for its September 16 meeting.  Hubbard says this is an aggressive schedule, but one that provides the timing necessary to complete the task based on the Interim Contract agreement currently in effect.

An organizational meeting of the committee is scheduled for July 11. 

SOURCE: Corey Burdick, Correspondent