by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor

The Durand City Council recently announced that the search for Amy Roddy’s replacement has been narrowed down to four finalists, with each set to be publicly interviewed Thursday, Nov. 10. The council began the search in August with the help of Kathie Grinzinger from the Michigan Municipal League (MML) following the announcement that Roddy was retiring after nearly 30 years with the city. Grinzinger narrowed the pool of approximately 20 initial candidates down to seven or eight, and the council then named the four finalists.

The four finalists include Ellen Glass, currently the Clerk for the village of Vernon; Jim Coleman, the Director of Housing, Facilities, and Community Development with the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians; Vester Davis, the Assistant to the City Manager/Interim Community Development Manager for the city of Grand Haven; and Michael Sessions, the City Administrator/Clerk for the city of Morenci.

The candidates will be introduced from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 during an informal “Meet the Candidates” gathering at Union Station Smokehouse in Durand, with interviews to commence the following morning. The interviews, which will be open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m., with Glass scheduled to sit before the council first, followed by Coleman at 10:30 a.m., Davis at 12:30 p.m., and Sessions at 2 p.m. After a brief break, the council will reconvene at 4 p.m. to discuss the day’s progress, though no formal decisions will be made until after the new council is seated following the Nov. 8 election.

Durand City Council to Interview City Manager Finalists was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Karen Elford