More than 100 apply for city manager job

Apr. 04, 2013 @ 04:16 PM

The hunt for the new Monroe city manager continues. 

The Monroe City Council heard an update on their search at their Tuesday night meeting.

Colin Baezinger, the firm handling the search, received about 120 applicants for the position. Of the applicants, 20 had “significant” work experience in North Carolina, 58 have experience as a city manager, five have experience as an assistant city manager (but not as a city manager) and an estimate 14 applicants are female, based on their names, according to a memorandum from Colin Baezinger.

The firm is working to narrow the field down to about 10 applicants. City Council will interview those 10. 

“I was just very pleased,” Council member Margaret Desio said. “I’m very excited about it. I’m looking forward to it.” 

Council members told the firm that they wanted someone who would hit the ground running, Desio said. 

“We want somebody to come here to help Monroe grow and to help us get back on a growth pattern,” she said. They were hoping to attract more retail and industrial development. 

“Since I’ve been on council (since 2009), it’s been terrible economic times,” Desio said. “We’ve just been trying to maintain and through good financial reasoning, we have done that.” 

According to a timeline from Colin Baezinger, the firm will present the semi-finalists by April 29. Finalists will be selected by May 6.

The new city manager should be selected by May 20.