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City manager negotiations have begun

Monday, November 19, 2012

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

Martinsville City Council has entered negotiations with a candidate for the city manager’s job, according to Mayor Kim Adkins.

City Attorney Eric Monday is the council’s representative in negotiations, communicating with the candidate through Springsted Inc., Adkins said.

The Richmond firm, which recruited candidates to be interviewed, now is acting as an intermediary, she said.

The city is paying the firm about $20,000 for its services.

Neither Adkins nor Monday would discuss the negotiations or say anything about the candidate being pursued, such as the person’s career background or where he or she is from.

That is “out of respect for all of the applicants,” Adkins said.

“We’re trying to move the (hiring) process along quickly,” she said of the council. “I anticipate a short turnaround.”

“We’d like to have someone in place,” or at least under contract, “by the early part of next year,” she added.

After a new city manager is hired, the council will have to approve the person’s compensation in the form of an ordinance, Monday said.

Typically, the council adopts ordinances on first and second readings before they become enacted. Monday said, though, that the city manager ordinance could be adopted on one reading “on an emergency basis.” That would not necessarily mean an emergency exists. Essentially, it means the council just wants to vote on it in a single reading, Monday said.

He said that could be helpful, for instance, if the new manager could start soon after the council commits to hiring him or her.

Martinsville has been without a permanent city manager since Clarence Monday left in January to become the Amherst County administrator.

Leon Towarnicki, the city’s public works director/assistant city manager, is serving as the interim city manager. Adkins has said the council is extremely pleased with his work in that role.

Towarnicki, who has worked for the city since 1982, has declined to say whether he applied to be city manager on a permanent basis.

 

 
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