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City manager search falls short
Thursday, December 13, 2012
By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer
Martinsville City Council has failed to reach an agreement with a candidate for the city manager’s job and will resume interviewing applicants in 2013.
The position has been vacant since last January when former city manager Clarence Monday left to become county administrator in Amherst County.
On Wednesday, the council issued a brief statement that it “has been unsuccessful in coming to an agreement with a city manager candidate.”
The council “will resume the search for a permanent city manager after the first of the year,” the statement read.
No further details were provided.
Working through Springsted Inc., a Richmond recruiting firm, the council received 44 applications for the job. The firm narrowed the list to 10 people it determined were the most qualified, and the council interviewed five or six, according to Mayor Kim Adkins.
The council announced in November it had entered negotiations with one of the candidates it had interviewed.
In a phone interview after the statement was issued on Wednesday, Adkins declined to say exactly why the negotiations failed.
Council members will decide in January precisely how they will continue the search, Adkins said.
However, she said she anticipates they will reinterview some finalists and maybe interview other applicants among the 10 suggested by Springsted.
The council has declined to identify any of the applicants or provide any details about them, such as where they now work.
Adkins said she thinks anyone who is reinterviewed, or interviewed for the first time, will be glad to have the opportunity to become Martinsville’s next city manager, as opposed to feeling slighted by not being the council’s first choice and withdrawing themselves from consideration.
“Everyone brings unique skills and abilities to a position,” she said. “I think the person we (eventually) select will be the right person at the right time.”
Leon Towarnicki, the city’s public works director/assistant city manager, is serving as the interim city manager. He has declined to say if he applied for the job on a permanent basis.
According to the council’s statement, Towarnicki and other administrators are “doing a commendable job, giving all of us on council the confidence to make a thoughtful decision in hiring our next chief paid executive.”
The city is paying Springsted about $20,000 for its services. Adkins said continuing the recruitment process will not add to that cost.