2017-04-27 / Front Page

City Job Draws Interest

The St. Ignace City Council Negotiations committee met Monday night, April 24, to look over the applications the city has received in its search for a new city manager to replace the retiring Les Therrian. So far, the city has received 53 applications, with 21 being screened out before the council set about to review the remaining 32. The city will continue accepting applications through Friday, April 28.

The meeting included Mayor Connie Litzner and councilmen Paul Fullerton, Jim Clapperton, Luke Paquin, and Robert St. Louis. Together, the group looked over many of the 32 applications before narrowing the field to 10 candidates for interviews. Copies of the applications of the favored candidates will be sent to the absent council members, Jay Tremble and Steven Paquin. The candidates who applied came from a wide variety of backgrounds and offered a large assortment of skills and experience. Several candidates are local, while others applied from across the country. Mr. St. Louis said he was pleased with the healthy mix of candidates and Luke Paquin added he is cautiously optimistic about the search, noting the variety in education the candidates have.

“I’m happy with the response,” Mr. Fullerton said.

Further review is planned.

The city’s ideal candidate will have experience with budgeting, planning, grant writing, and management. Council members said Monday the new manager should have a college degree or prior experience.

A local connection is considered a nice bonus, but not a necessity.

Discussion will continue at the council’s regular meeting Monday, May 1.

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