Steamboat Springs City Council hires search firm to help recruit next city manager
November 17, 2015
To help find the city’s next top employee, the Steamboat Springs City Council has hired a search firm with a track record of seating city managers who remain in their jobs for several years.
Slavin Management Consultants will launch a nationwide search for a new city manager early next year.
The council had a choice of three firms to lead the search, but it was quickly drawn to Slavin due to the firm’s track record in seating city managers who last several years, its experience in recruiting for Colorado cities and its commitment to first gauge what the council wants in its next manager.
The firm guarantees the manager it recruits will stay in a community at least two years or it will conduct a new search and charge only travel expenses for the do over.
Bob Slavin, president of the search firm, said his company has only had to redo searches three times in its history, and it had to do so in one case because the city manager left two weeks before his or her second anniversary with the city.
The firm touts that more than 95 percent of its placements have stayed in their jobs for more than five years.
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Steamboat has seen heavy turnover in the city manager position since 2007.
The last three managers all served fewer than three years, and all left amid rocky relationships with their city councils.
The average tenure of all Steamboat’s managers is two years and 10 months.
The new council and the search firms who lined up to help find the next manager were undeterred by the city’s track record with managers, and they are optimistic they will find a manager who can stay in the job for several years.
Slavin has more than 30 years of executive recruiting experience.
The city will spend an estimated $23,459 on the city manager search.
The search firm will also help the council establish goals for the new city manager.
Council members decided to hold off on launching the search until after the holidays.
The council also made progress in hiring a new city attorney and will interview four candidates for the job Dec. 8.
The candidates include Dan Foote, Steamboat’s assistant city attorney; Daniel Brotzman, city attorney in Englewood; Bob Choate, assistant county attorney in Weld County; and Jim Moylan, of James J. Moylan and Associations in Steamboat.