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Council eyes future direction

By Staff | Jun 24, 2008

The search is on!

Members of the Estherville City Council met in special session Monday to discuss future administrative management plan for the city operations.

Estherville City Administrator Steve Woodley recently announced his plan to retire after 36 years with the city.

The council’s initial meeting is a step toward structuring and processing the procedure to find his replacement.

They came to the meeting armed with history of Estherville city administrators and the specific city code detailing job descriptions.

Woodley was in favor of the council having this forum to discuss what direction to proceed.

Topics of discussion included the possibility of securing the help of an executive search firm, placing newspaper advertisements, contacting other like-size cities which have recently experienced the job of hiring new city administrators and interviewing key staff personnel for input.

It was pointed out the council needs to consider that within a few more years, some key city employees will be retiring.

Woodley suggested the council also look for talents and experience and not just the applicant’s education.

City Attorney Gordon Forsyth will undertake the fact-finding mission of pinpointing those municipalities which have recently hired new administrators.

Three members of the council along with Mayor Lyle Hevern will conduct staff interviews in July for their input on what qualifications the new administrator needs to possess. These information will be gathered in July.

The council will meet periodically for updates and direction as information is received.