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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

In just more than six months the city of Portsmouth will be expected to have hired a new city manager as the city changes from the strong mayor form to the Council/City Manager form of government as dictated by voters.

“I did talk with Catherine Parrish of Novak Consulting, and the process has started for our city manager,” President of Portsmouth City Council Steve Sturgill said. “We have applications. They are coming from all over the country, with various diversified backgrounds, so she is very optimistic that in a very short time she’ll have some names for us, and we’ll be able to start the process.”

At the urging of First Ward Councilman Kevin Johnson, the city formed a committee to aid Council in the search for the person to fill that position. The process began when Johnson announced to City Council he already had four people ready to serve on the committee. Those four were John Carey, Jerry Schneider, Vicki Noel and Laura Walker. City Council decided they would round out the committee by naming each of the members of Council, and city clerk, who was Tamara Nathan, at the time, to the committee. Diana Ratliff is the current city clerk.

Portsmouth City Council then passed an ordinance to finance the hiring of a consultant (Novak Consulting) to search for candidates to fill the position. At the same time, the committee set qualifications for the job.

The person hired for the job will be required to have a bachelor’s degree in public administration or related field. However, it is preferred that person have a master’s degree in public administration, planning or related field. It will be further preferred they have an ICMA credentialed manager certification.

Experience would include a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, with five years of progressively more responsible government/city management experience; demonstrated experience in finance and budget operations; demonstrated experience in human resources management, employee and labor union relations, and contract negotiation management and staff resource allocation, and have demonstrated experience in economic development targeted in business recruitment, business retention and job creation.

Meanwhile, current Portsmouth Mayor David Malone has already said he will throw his hat in the ring to be considered for the position. No other local residents have indicated they will apply.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.

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