Cotton finalist for Holland city manager job

Ryan Cotton is one of four finalists in the search for a new Holland city manager. He has been the Spring Lake Village manager since 2002.
Marie Havenga
Dec 16, 2011

to be considered,” Cotton said this morning. “It all comes down to chemistry, ultimately. I’ll look forward to continuing with the process.”

Cotton has been the Spring Lake Village manager since 2002. Prior to that, he was the Grand Haven city manager from 1995 until he was fired in July 2002.

Holland city officials said they will conduct interviews next month.

Cotton, 55, is the only finalist from West Michigan. The other finalists for the Holland post are Todd Campbell of Saline; Derek Todd of Frederick, Colo.; and Joseph Wade of Glenview, Ill.

Cotton said Holland has long been at the top of his municipal management wish list.

“When I was in Grand Haven, I looked forward to the opportunity to place my name in the running someday for Holland city manager,” the Traverse City native said this morning. “I’m very happy Holland happens to have come open now. That’s the way it works with city management. One needs to await when there’s an opening, otherwise happily serve whatever community one is in.”

The Holland position opened when Soren Wolff retired in September after 23 years as city manager. Interim City Manager Greg Robinson did not apply for the position.

Cotton said Holland representatives conducted a phone interview with him last week. He said he learned this morning that he was a finalist.

“If the manager’s job were not open in Holland, I would happily be doing my job,” Cotton said. “I’m honored by this opportunity and happy to be doing something I love — whether it be in Spring Lake or in Holland.”

Cotton has secured a total of $5.1 million in grants and zero-interest loans for the village, including numerous grants for the recently completed Grand River Greenway nonmotorized bike path.

“I love Spring Lake,” Cotton said. “It’s been nine years of some of the best times of my working career.”

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