Otsego to begin hiring process

by Bob Grawey
Staff writer
Otsego is set to begin the process of finding a new city administrator after Mike Robertson’s departure March 22.
City council members and city staff will begin holding public workshops following city council meetings. The first one will take place Monday night, April 11 to determine what strategy to implement in filling the vacant position.
In the meantime, city finance director Gary Groen and city planner Dan Licht will shoulder administrator-related duties.
Licht says it is a good time for a transition in the city’s top staff position since the economy is still sluggish and developers are not beating down city hall doors to start new projects.
As of the 2010 census, Otsego’s population is approximately 14,000 but Licht says city officials are looking to hire someone who has a strong track record with municipal growth from 30,000 to 90,000. The city planner adds that the timing is right for Otsego to prepare for this next level of growth and expansion.
Consequently, that will involve finding a candidate who has solid experience in guiding a community into an ever-expanding need for services as well.
As yet, workshop dates to discuss strategies for recruiting and hiring a city administrator are yet to be determined beyond the April 11 council meeting/workshop.
The hiring process, according to Licht, could take six months to complete.
Otsego City Council meetings take place every second and fourth Monday at city hall beginning at 7 p.m.

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