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Village to hire Mich. Municipal League for manager search

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Village Manager Ryan Cotton is expected to leave next month to become the city manager in Holland. He will likely formalize a contract later this week with Holland officials, then submit an official resignation letter to Spring Lake Village Council.

The village’s management search committee — consisting of Village President Jim MacLachlan and councilmen Mark Miller and Marv VandenBosch — recommended that council hire the MML to help find a replacement for Cotton, who has served as village manager since 2002. Council voted unanimously Monday night to follow the recommendation.

The Spring Lake Township Board enlisted the MML in its search for a township manager, which ended with the hiring of Gordon Gallagher in 2007.

According to MML literature, a typical search takes anywhere from nine to 12 weeks. Fees are usually 10 percent of the manager’s annual salary; plus another $1,000 or more for advertising, background checks and travel expenses.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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