Commission sets city manager search interview & public input timeline

Published on July 10, 2018

Photo of the City Hall entrance sign

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The City Commission this evening announced the interview and public input timeline for the city manager search. The public will get an opportunity to hear from the finalists at several points during the process, including a community forum and first-round interviews. If needed, second-round interviews will be scheduled the following week.

The community forum will take place 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, July 30 in the Ryerson Auditorium at the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. NE. The event will include remarks by each finalist and a meet and greet with community members. 

Finalist interviews will take place 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 31 in the ninth-floor Commission Chambers at City Hall, 300 Monroe Ave. NW. The interviews will be followed by City Commission review and discussion from 8 to  9 p.m. The interviews and discussion will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and broadcast live on the Grand Rapids Information Network (GRIN), which is Comcast Channel 26. 

If needed, second-round interviews will take place 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Aug. 7 in the Commission Chambers. The interviews will be followed by City Commission discussion and a vote on the next city manager. The interviews, discussion and vote will be streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and broadcast live on GRIN.

“We are looking for a collaborative, strategic and innovative leader who has strong communication skills and a commitment to transparency and inclusiveness,” Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said. “This is an exciting time in our city, and we are eager to find the right person for this important job.”

Springsted Waters, an executive recruitment firm, is overseeing the search process. For more on what the Commission and community are looking for in a new city manager, including answers to other frequently asked questions about the city manager position and search process, CLICK HERE.

Springsted Waters has provided candidate application materials to the city manager search subcommittee comprised of Mayor Bliss, Third Ward Commissioner Senita Lenear and First Ward Commissioner Jon O’Connor. The subcommittee is reviewing the candidate application materials and plans to suggest finalists to the City Commission on Tuesday, July 24 during its Committee of the Whole meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m. The meeting is streamed live on Facebook and YouTube and broadcast live on GRIN.

The City Commission hopes to have a new city manager in place by early September.

Former Deputy City Manager Eric DeLong has served as interim city manager since Greg Sundstrom’s retirement in early February.