Corcoran recruits for a new municipal administrator | Government
At the Corcoran city council meeting on October 28, council accepted the departure notice from city administrator Brad Martens and discussed how to replace him and the process for hiring a new city administrator.
After working for the town of Corcoran since 2013, Martens will be leaving on October 24. He took up a position with the Town of Shoreview as City Manager.
“As you all know, we are extremely busy,” Martens said of the urgency to replace his post. “I would like to think that I am adding value to the organization. Being down as a person will be a challenge.
The council had the option to search within existing municipal staff or to do a full search outside of the organization. Councilor Alan Schultz wondered if they should bring in a professional recruiter. Mayor Tom Mckee was skeptical.
“I’m a little hesitant about the recruiter personally,” Mckee said. “Just a bad experience with recruiters and the process.”
Martens said a recruiting service could cost around $ 20,000. “I think it’s worth every penny,” he said. “The only person in this organization capable of leading a large-scale recruitment process is [Administrative Services Director Jessica Beise] and is a potential candidate [to be applying for the city administrator position], so there you have a problem [with not hiring a recruiter]. “
Councilor Jonathan Bottema believes this will be the most important decision the board has and will take since he has been on the board.
“In my five years, I don’t think anything will outweigh the impact on Corcoran,” he said. “We spend $ 20,000 when we do a road survey. A feasibility study for a well costs $ 20,000. I don’t want to balk at this because it’s such an important thing. My philosophy is to throw the nets far. “
The board has asked Martens to prepare a proposal to hire a recruiter which will be considered at the board meeting on November 10. The proposal will state the timeline the recruiter needs to work around to find a candidate for the job and what kind of attributes they want with a new city administrator.
“I’m not opposed to the idea of a recruiter,” said counselor Jeremy Nichols. “I’m a little concerned with the idea that if we let it take time and have a top level staff doing a lot of good things quickly and well, these people want to know their future. And if they don’t trust us to pick the right person or don’t think that person is the right person for them, these people might decide to leave preemptively. I want to try to make them feel as safe and secure as possible. “
The council tabled the conversation on how to hire the new city administrator. The council appointed Beise as interim city administrator between Martens’ departure and the hiring of a replacement. They will also need to recruit someone to take over Beise’s current workload while serving as an interim administrator.
APPROVED reducing construction hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays. Individual owners have the option of carrying out their own projects. The effective date of the change will be January 1, 2022.
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