Lincoln City is about to wade through a very tedious process of hiring a new “Captain of the Ship” – a new city manager. First it must be said that there is absolutely no replacement for current City Manager David Hawker, nor should there be, for such a talented and resourceful human being. But to be sure, there are no two “diamonds” that are exactly the same. We should be grateful there are other “equal but slightly different” diamonds out there to be discovered and that one of them will become the new Lincoln City City Manager.
By all evidence, the council wants another diamond who can not only fill the position but who will also prove to be a highly skilled Captain at the municipal helm – someone with skill and finesse, quite capable of carrying out the wishes and visions of the city councils – plural – someone who can consolidate a kaleidoscope of opinion, over time, into practical and affordable work plans. Every city needs great leadership regardless of its population or tax base. The stakes are always high.
The council begins the journey of selecting their new Chief of Staff this Thursday at 3pm when they begin interviewing a number of professional executive search firms. To find a new city manager, who is up to the daunting task of running Lincoln City, will take some digging. Mr. Hawker told the council that running just newspaper want ads generally attracts mainly those who are out of work (possibly for a reason) or who know that they’re about to be let go (for whatever reason)…in short, not necessarily the best pool of candidates. Mr. Hawker observed that a search firm, with good references and a solid track record, can go beyond mere “want ads” to find a perfect or near perfect candidate who is currently employed and who may not be looking to move. Although they may be happy right where they are, they may also be “interested” in a new challenge. Mr. Hawker said a good executive search firm knows where these potential candidates are and what it might take for them to consider a fresh career opportunity with Lincoln City.
Mr. Hawker said during the last city council meeting: “To spend upwards of $50,000 to make a PROPER MILLION DOLLAR selection is a wise and prudent investment.” Mr. Hawker said the city needs the right kind of city manager who will offer solid, well researched recommendations to the city council that deal with projects and policies that will add up to many millions of dollars over the next ten to twenty years.
This Thursday at 3pm, the council will begin interviewing several recruitment firms suggested by Mr. Hawker. Although the public is welcome to attend, (Northwest Conference Room), no public comment will be taken. However, Mayor Dick Anderson said there will be ample opportunity for public opinion to be given during regular city council meetings as the selection process unfolds which has been anticipated to take at least three to six months.