When in the market for a new City Manager, where do you look? Google? The Yellow Pages? Marco Island’s City Council turned to Colin Baenzinger & Associates, an Executive Recruiting firm, to find and select City Manager candidates from all over the country. Working out of Wellington, Florida, near West Palm Beach, the firm has handled around 82 of the last 116 recruiter searches for government positions, including in Ft. Meyers, Cape Coral, and Sarasota.
Colin anticipates somewhere between 80 and 120 applications for Marco Island City Manager, though they won’t simply be collecting applications. The firm has a three-way search system to encourage applicants. They begin by networking, talking up Marco Island in an effort to attract the potential candidate, phone networking, and personal visits to prospective potentials.
The firm also utilizes advertising in the proper venues, such as websites that qualified Manager’s frequent. Then there are emails—the firm has a 7,300 contact email list that they will go through and find and contact those qualified.
Some of those desired qualifications are honesty and integrity, both to a high degree. They will look at how well a candidate will fit with the city councils and with the city’s needs, as well as how well they can partner with the council. The candidate needs to be highly competent and able to do the job, with excellent communication skills, to be well utilized with the council and the public alike. Background checks will be conducted on all applicants, including the usual criminal check, reference check, google search, and local media check.
Colin and his firm will choose the best candidates, and from there the City Council will choose a City Manager. The process should be wrapped up around early to mid-September, with the new Manager in place by early November.