Village begins search for new manager

After learning last week that Village Manager Ryan Cotton is the city of Holland's choice to become its new city manager, Village Council is gearing up to hunt for a replacement.
Marie Havenga
Feb 16, 2012


Council appointed Village President Jim MacLachlan and councilmen Marv VandenBosch and Mark Miller to a search committee on Monday night.

“We will be deciding this week how we want to proceed,” MacLachlan said. “We’re not sure if we’re going to work with a national search firm or with the Michigan Municipal League.”

Cotton, who is currently in negotiations with Holland officials, said he expects to leave the village in mid- to late-March if a contract can be agreed upon for the Holland post. Cotton has not yet submitted a resignation letter to the village.

Holland City Council on Feb. 8 voted unanimously to begin negotiations with Cotton, who has served as Spring Lake manager since 2002. Prior to that, he was Grand Haven’s city manager for seven years until he and the city parted ways under a “mutual separation agreement.”

MacLachlan said he expects the search committee will set up a conference call with the Michigan Municipal League later this week to seek advice and direction.
MacLachlan did not rule out tapping a neighboring municipal manager to oversee the village on a collaborative basis.

“I’ll probably be discussing that as an option, but we’re leaning toward finding a full-time replacement at this point,” MacLachlan said.

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


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