Input Sought by City Manager Search Committee; 3/23


By Carol McCracken  (Post # 733)

The city has just announced there will be a day long opportunity for the public and stakeholders to offer their views as to what they believe are important qualifications for Portland’s next city manager.  The meeting is set for  Wednesday, March 23rd  at the city hall.   The day-long session begins at 7 am in the State of Maine Room at the city hall and concludes at 9 pm at the City Council Chambers, city hall.  Hiring a new city manager is a priority since Joe Gray retired last month from this position. It’s hoped that the new city manager will be hired by summer time.  April 1st is the deadline for application submissions for the position.

Hiring a new City Manager is one of the most important decisions the city council makes, which is why getting feedback from the public early and often ensures that the process and outcome are good not just for elected officials but for the city as a whole,” stated Committee Chair Leeman. ”

Throughout the day, the City Manager Search Committee as well as Colin Baenziger of Colin Baenziger & Associates, the national search firm selected by the Council to assist in the hiring process, will meet with local non-profits, business groups including the Portland Community chamber, the Portland Downtown District, and Creative Portland, neighborhood associations, city employees, School Board members as well as Portland Public Schools employees, and the city’s Multicultural Advisory Committee.  The Search Committee is composed of Councilors Cheryl Leeman, (chair),  John Anton and Jill Duson. 

The public will have an opportunity to express their views to the City  Council that same evening, March 23rd at 7 pm in the City Council Chambers.

The job description for City Manager as well as the Reccuitment Brochure and timeline for the search process are available online at