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Ottawa County to begin search for new assistant administrator

By Jake Allen/The Holland Sentinel • Mar 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Holland has found its new city manager in Keith Van Beek, which means Ottawa County will have to find a new assistant county administrator.

Holland City Council voted Wednesday, Feb. 28, to extend a job offer for city manager to Van Beek.

Van Beek, after negotiating an employment agreement, will be the top administrative employee of the city, who is managed by city council and manages the 180 employees.

Van Beek served as assistant county administrator in Ottawa County for nine years, working with County Administrator Alan Vanderberg.

“Keith Van Beek is a fantastic leader,” Vanderberg said. “He has done great things during his time with Ottawa County. He is not only a great leader, but he is a very great man and Holland City residents are in for a treat having him as their city manager.”

Vanderberg said the county will look internally and externally to fill Van Beek’s position.

The job will be posted in the international city and county management association magazines, in local and regional newspapers and across various other platforms. The county will collect resumes for about three to four weeks, then begin interviewing candidates.

The hope is to find a new assistant county administrator “fairly soon,” Vanderberg said.

Vanderberg said he looks forward to working with Van Beek in the future as Ottawa County and the City of Holland are partners.

Overall, Vanderberg said Van beek is a great fit for the Holland city manager position.

“He will work very effectively with the city council to hone the vision going forward and to deliver high quality city services,” Vanderberg said. “I am really excited for Keith, I am excited for the City of Holland and I think it’s a great fit.”

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