Search For City Manager Begins

7 years 6 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, November 30 2010 Nov 30, 2010 Tuesday, November 30, 2010 6:24:32 AM CST November 30, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - Over the next three days an outside firm in charge of hiring the next Columbia city manager will interview 66 stakeholders within the community. Current City Manager Bill Watkins' last day is March 2nd. Affion Public hopes to hire his replacement as close to that day as possible.

The interviews include individual meetings with all of the councilors, key staff within the city like the Fire Chief, Police Chief, and Finance Director. Bill Watkins will be interviewed as well. The firm will also talk to community members, university officials, an business leaders.

"Really getting good input from the community is important, so once we get through the next few days we'll have a better idea of what we're looking for," said Scott Reilly, C.E.O. of Affion Public.

Also at the work session Monday night, the council heard from Lori Fleming, the Director of Finance. She talked about the fiscal year 2010 budget. She said the City General Reserves Fund increased about $865,000 in the fiscal year and that sales tax grew at 2%. Fleming called that a "good sign for the economy."

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