On May 1, the city of Grand Rapids re-opened applications for the city manager position—again.
The city commission decided to redesign the search after failing to reach a consensus on three finalists in February.
The unanimous decision to choose none of them was reached during deliberations after the second-round of interviews with the finalists.
"There is clearly not agreement in this body who should lead this remarkable organization," said Commissioner Jon O'Connor in February. "I move we reinitiate the search process."
"I sense a divide," said Mayor Rosalynn Bliss following the decision. "I think at a time like this we have to have really strong candidates where we don't have a divide."
The city manager position was opened after Greg Sundstrom retired on Feb. 2. The finalists were a part of a six-month search that started with 61 applicants.
"Was there anything that could have been done that would have resulted in more qualified candidates?" wondered Commissioner Kurt Reppart.
The finalists participated in a open forum on Monday, Feb. 6 where they fielded a variety of questions.
“We are committed to finding the absolute best candidates," said Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. "I have a lot of faith in the Commission and in the collective wisdom around the table and in our community – we will find the right person."
The application is open for the next six weeks. The starting salary is between $175,000 and $250,000.
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