Milton City Council begins process of finding new city manager

Milton City Council begins process of finding new city manager

In a Special Meeting on Monday, the Milton City Council decided not to hire an outside recruiting firm to find a new city manager. The decision comes after the council decided to fire long-time City Manager Brian Watkins in a tie-breaking vote last Tuesday.

Right now, the city has one person doing three jobs. City Planner Randy Jorgenson is serving as the interim city manager and public works director. The public works director position has been vacant for more than two months. So the council is trying to get the ball rolling and fill the city manager position.

That is why they decided to forego finding a recruiting firm to do the work for them. According to a staff report, hiring a firm would cost between $10,000 and $20,0000.

The council decided to have city staff get the process started immediately and do the work themselves. According to a staff report, that means coming up with a job description, setting a salary, putting out advertisements for the job and conducting interviews. The council will have final say on who is hired.

Councilwoman Sharon Holley was one of the people who voted against Watkin's termination. She said the city needs to focus on moving forward now.

"I hope to see that it opens a lot of peoples' eyes as to what's going on in our community and that they have a bigger voice than what they've had in the past," Holley said. "For them to try to understand and to assist councilmembers in what they believe is right in their community."

Mayor Wesley Meiss adjourned the Special Meeting without a public hearing.

There will be a Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday.

The council will be discussing filling the vacant public works position.

The meet starts at 3 p.m.

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