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The Rundown – Commission selects city manager recruitment firm

Post Date:09/11/2019 8:57 AM

The Rundown is prepared by the City of Newton Public Information Office to summarize the City Commission meeting and does not represent official Commission minutes.

7 p.m. Sept. 10, 2019, Newton City Commission meeting

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the City Commission approved an agreement with Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to assist in the recruitment and selection of the next Newton city manager.

Last month, City Manager Bob Myers announced his plans to retire in January 2020, and City staff began soliciting proposals from firms specializing in executive recruitment. Ten firms provided proposals, which were evaluated by HR and administrative staff, and three finalists were selected: SGR, Novak Consulting Firm, and the Prothman Company.

Keller, Texas-based SGR has an outstanding reputation in the public administration sector and has history with the City of Newton staff and Commissioners. SGR has provided staff training and resources on servant leadership, the prevailing culture and philosophy in the City organization, and has worked with the City Commission in work sessions on strategic planning and leadership development.

SGR will be tasked with developing the position profile, marketing the position nationwide, helping conduct candidate evaluations and background checks, facilitating interviews, and managing the hiring process.

SGR’s proposal has an estimated cost of $26,500 and is expected to take 3-4 months. Additional costs for this project will include the associated travel for finalist candidates, not included in the proposal costs for any of the firms.

Community recognition

The Commission recognized nurse Alicia McCurry, Dr. J. Scott Pigg, and Dr. Jackson Sobbing for being recently named 2019 Health Care Heroes by the Wichita Business Journal.

The Commission also recognized Newton Medical Center CEO Vallerie Gleason, who recently received the AHA KHA Grassroots Champion Award at the Kansas Hospital Association convention.

In other action, the City Commission:

  1. Approved the final plat for NDV Plaza Addition, the Occidental Management development on South Kansas Avenue.
  2. Approved an agreement to sell a triangle of City-owned property at 307 E. Sixth St., the current site of the Giving Garden, to adjacent property owners Eddie and Jennifer Hammett for $50.
  3. Proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.
  4. Proclaimed the 150th anniversary of P.E.O. in the United States.
  5. Established a new telecom franchise agreement with IdeaTek for use of public rights-of-way.
  6. Adopted the 2019 Standard Traffic Ordinance and Uniform Public Offense Code.
  7. Approved voting delegates for the League of Kansas Municipalities annual meeting.
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