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Hiring process moving slowly
Closed meeting to discuss vacant city manager position
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The recruiting process for Martinsville’s next city manager is going a little slower than officials had expected.
Martinsville City Council already has held several closed-door meetings to interview finalists and discuss their qualifications. Another such session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Mayor Kim Adkins on Monday confirmed that the meeting pertains to the search. She said that no action will be taken, and no announcement will be made afterward.
The council had indicated it hoped to announce the selection of a new city manager by the end of September.
“It’s just taken longer than we thought” to go through the process, Adkins said.
Forty-four people applied for the job. Executive recruitment firm Springsted Inc. determined the 10 most qualified applicants and provided their names and backgrounds to the council for consideration.
Council members recently interviewed the five who they think are the best suited for the job. They have narrowed the list of finalists to two, according to Adkins. She declined to name those two or give any details about them.
Adkins said the council is happy with the remaining finalists.
The delay in completing the search is due to coordinating when the finalists can come to Martinsville for further interviews and council members can accommodate them, according to Adkins.
She said she does not yet know if the selection of a new city manager will be announced by the end of this month. However, she expects to have a better indication following Wednesday’s meeting.
Martinsville has been without a city manager since Clarence Monday left in January. He now is county administrator in Amherst County.