Claremore Daily Progress


June 20, 2012

Help Wanted: City manager search presents council with options


The Claremore City Council is beginning the search to fill the city manager position.
During Monday’s meeting, councilors voted to accept City Manager Daryl Golbek’s resignation and to start looking for options on how to fill the position.
Charter requirements for the position were recently changed for the position by the council.
“The city manager is required to have a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration or related field, and at least three years of progressively responsible senior management experience.  A Master’s degree in Public Administration or related field and at least five years of progressively responsible senior management experience within a complex municipal government setting is preferred.  A combination of related experience and formal education will also be considered on a year-for-year basis,” according to the Claremore City Charter.
In the past, a committee of council members have screened applicants before bringing them for interviews before the council,” according to the city charter.
Applicants would submit their application to the city clerk. 
However, the council is trying to make a determination on how to get the best pool of qualified candidates.
“There are several firms we can hire, or head hunters. We can appoint a committee to take applicants ” Mayor Mickey Perry said. “We have several options here.”
Claremore has experienced turn over in the position in the past two years.
“In the past, we would interview them as they came in,” Councilor Don Purkey said.
“Anytime we have needed to find a city manager, we have had a search committee,” Councilor Paula Watson said.
Watson explained that the applications were submitted to the committee and scanned then provided to the council for review.
The discussion centered on the idea of hiring a head hunter to help with the search.
“I would suggest that we try first to go through the OML (Oklahoma Municipal League) website.  If we are not happy with what is presented then go to the head hunter,” Watson said.

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