City Search for New City Manager “On Track”; Sixty-five Apply for Position Vacated by Joe Gray, Jr.’s Retirement Earlier This Year


Search Committee Member, Jill Duson, Committee Chair, Cheryl Leeman & Colin Baenziger, Executive Recruiter

By Carol McCracken  (Post # 771)

The search for a new city manager is “on track with our schedule we set forth originally,” said City Councilor Cheryl Leeman, chair of the search committee. 

“The committee received 65 applications from all across the country,” said Leeman in an email to  Since then the committee has narrowed the field down to 7 applications for a more in-depth review with background and reference checks.  Upon review of the 7 candidate profiles and additional information provided by consultant (Colin Baenziger of Colin Baenziger & Associates), the search committee will make a decision as to whom we will recommend as finalists to the full city council for interviews by the full city council, Leeman’s email went on to say.  (Leeman is considering a run for the new position of Mayor this fall.)

According to the original schedule set out by the search committee in March, the new city manager should be selected by the city council at the end of this month and the winning candidated offered the job around June 1st.  It is expected that the new city manager will be on the job in August.  The salary range is between $120,000 to $170,000.

Other members of the city’s search committee are Councilors Jill Duson and John Anton.

For more information, please email Colin Baenziger of Colin Baenziger & Associates, executive recruiting, at

Please also see Posts # 738, dated March 24, # 677, dated January 5th and # 663, dated December 2 for more background information.