Wood Village City Manager Bill Peterson would like to retire at the end of November, but his replacement must be in place before he can walk away.
Luckily, the council is on track to have a new city manager start just before Thanksgiving.
In May, the City Council hired Prothman Company for the recruitment process. At the council's latest meeting on Tuesday, July 9, the council continued moving forward on their selection process for city's top management official.
"We put together the initial provisions," Peterson told the council. "It's up to you how to precisely proceed with the details of that profile."
In addition to the requirements for a city manager — such as seven years of government management experience, a bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration or a related field — councilors also want the next manager to be a part of the community.
"Your expectation of whoever becomes your next city manager is that they be involved in all the events," Peterson said.
The city of Wood Village hosts seven annual events including a Halloween pumpkin fest, an Easter egg hunt and a Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
Councilors also are searching for a regional candidate who is familiar with how government functions in the Northwest. Prothman's search is focused on finding those applicants, however recruitment publications circulate nationally and internationally and could elicit candidates from farther away.
The cost for recruitment is estimated at $24,100, plus candidate travel expenses for an approximate total of $38,000. The city's adopted yearly budget includes $40,000 for the manager search.
The position pays between $100,689 to $128,580 per year.
Peterson was hired by Wood Village in 2011. In 2017, he retired from his city manager position, but continued to work for Wood Village on a half-time basis. Greg Dirks, Wood Village's human resources and records manager, fills in with city management duties when Peterson is absent.
Peterson said the council, during his tenure, has been the best government board he's worked for, with councilors working collaboratively in a respectful manner to improve the municipality.
"This is heaven for a city manager with the city council," Peterson said. "Several potential candidates I know personally have expressed interest, and that's because the reputation of the council."
While Peterson is retiring at the end of November, he isn't counting the days until then, and he plans on working at City Hall on his last day until the doors close.
"I do not do a 'day count' approach to life," Peterson said. "On the final day of my employment, I will be working as hard as I can to assure the future of this municipality.
"I really enjoy the work," he said, "and am actually mostly concerned with what I will do with myself when I do not have this organization to consume so much of my energy."
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