Springettsbury Township officials hope to be interviewing candidates to fill the township manager position by late July or August following a nationwide search to replace former manager John Holman.
Holman left his position June 16 to take a city manager position in St. Mary's, Ga. The township board of supervisors hired a firm, Colin Baenziger & Associates, to conduct the search for Holman's replacement, said board member William Schenck.
The contract with the Florida-based executive recruiting firm will cost the township $23,000, said board chairman George Dvoryak.
"For that type of position and a national search, to me it is a very reasonable price," Schenck said.
Using a firm to conduct a national search isn't uncommon for townships the size of Springettsbury, Dvoryak said. With residents numbering about 27,000 and a budget of about $33.4 million, the township's breadth will require someone with previous budget experience and the ability to be a strategic thinker, he added.
Hiring process: The firm is accepting applications on behalf of the township until June 27, according to the job posting on the township's website. The firm will go through screening of those applicants, including background and reference checks, before making recommendations to the township for interviews, Dvoryak said.
Within a month, the firm told township officials it hopes to recommend five candidates who will be "very difficult to choose from," he said. The board will be able to review all applicants and could also choose from outside the firm's recommendations if board members felt it necessary.
The new manager will need to show an ability to be creative in bringing new businesses to the township, Dvoryak said, and will need to have a "service-oriented" mindset toward the community.
Schenck agreed, and added the new manager will also need the ability to view budgets and other planning aspects in a long-term way.
Until the new manager is hired, the board appointed Dori Bowders as the interim administrator and manager of administrative operations. In that role Bowders will oversee many of the day-to-day responsibilities Holman was responsible for, Schenck confirmed.
"It's been a pretty smooth transition," Schenck said.
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