DIXON – Six consulting firms have submitted bids in response to the council's request last month for help finding a full-time city manager.
The position was created after Dixon transitioned to the managerial form of government in May. The city manager will be the chief authority for enforcing city policies.
David Nord – who expressed interest in the job in May – is interim manager and is in the second month of a six-month contract extension.
The firms are Public Administration Associates [$12,500] of Oshkosh, Wisconsin; The Mercer Group [$16,500] of Santa Fe, New Mexico; GovHR USA [$17,800] of Northbrook; Callahan Municipal Consultants [$18,300] of Anamosa, Iowa; Colin Baenzigar & Associates [$23,250] of Salt Lake City; and Slavin Management & Associates [$23,583.25] of Norcross, Georgia.
Mercer Group, GovHR USA and Callahan Municipal Consultants appear to be most viable, because they completed the application and are reasonably priced, City Finance Director Paula Meyer said at Monday's special council meeting.
But the council may review all six applicants during the next regular meeting on Monday. City staff is in the process of checking references.
"They're going to do a more thorough presentation," Mayor Li Arellano Jr. said Monday. "We're highlighting those three as I think the best candidates."
Tuesday, Meyer said this keeps the council on schedule for approving a city manager hire by Nov. 1. Once a search firm is approved – which may happen as soon as Monday – the "real work" for finding a manager begins, she said.
"Then they'll start doing a search. They'll go out, look for candidates, start collecting resumes."