17 vie for village manager job

There's quantity, and now all Village Council can hope for is quality. With two weeks until the application deadline, 17 candidates have thrown their hat in the ring for Spring Lake village manager.
Marie Havenga
Mar 30, 2012


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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