Community input wanted

Former City Manager Brant Kucera.

The process to recruit to replace Cannon Beach City Manager Brant Kucera is now in full swing, starting with feedback from the community.

Kucera announced his departure earlier this month to take another city manager job in Sisters, citing a need for a “change of pace.” The role of the city manager is to carry out policy, programs and procedures decided by the city council and supervising city staff.

Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn will act as interim city manager starting in July.

Jensen Strategies, the recruitment firm hired by the city to conduct the nationwide search, has four months to develop a job profile with input from the community, staff and city councilors, advertise and conduct interviews. Schermerhorn can only act as interim for fourth months, otherwise the city will violate its charter.

Interviews with city councilors and staff will be closed meetings, but a community forum will be held 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6 at city hall for anyone who would like to offer suggestions of what qualities the recruiters should look for in the next city manager.

“We want to find someone who fits the community,” Eric Jensen from Jensen Strategies said.

The job posting from when Kucera was hired in 2014 listed experience with disaster preparedness, finance, news media, an appreciation for the arts and five years experience in public administration as preferable qualities in a candidate.

After collecting input from the community, the city council will vote whether or not to adopt the job description at the August 1 city council meeting. Final candidates will hold meet-and-greet forums later in the fall.

When Kucera was hired, he was chosen from a pool of 47 applicants. Jensen said he anticipated the city will get a similar applicant pool this year, as well.

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