17 vie for village manager job

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Michigan Municipal League search consultant Bill Baldridge, whom the village hired to lead the quest for a replacement for Ryan Cotton, said he's pleased with the response so far.

“Spring Lake is a very attractive and desirable community, and a great location,” Baldridge said. “I expect that we'll get some strong candidates. It's a good response, but the total number doesn't mean a whole lot. What you really are looking for are a few really good applicants.”

Although Baldridge said he couldn't get into specifics, he said the applicants are from mostly the Midwest and Michigan, a mix of males and females, and their experience levels range from assistant to full-time municipal management.

“I'm still in the process of sorting things out,” Baldridge said this week. “As the applications come in, those that look promising I will send a list of preliminary questions by e-mail and ask them to respond. This gives me a clearer picture of the candidates and gives me relevant information. I'm in the process of doing that now.”

After the April 12 application deadline, Baldridge will compile a “short list” of those candidates that most closely match the characteristics council is looking for in a manager.

Interviews are scheduled for Saturday, April 28.

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