Resumes due this month for city manager post

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comJanuary 9, 2013 

— Tega Cay may have the name and qualifications of its new city manager already, or they may still be coming.

Jan. 21 is the deadline for resumes, which are being taken by the city and solicited online through the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Last week, Mayor George Sheppard said the response has been good and applicants are inquiring from “basically the Southeast” part of the country.

“We’ve received about a dozen resumes and we’re still receiving them,” he said.

Both City Council and the municipal association will review the applicants once all resumes are in. On Wednesday night Council held a closed-door “executive session”-only meeting to discuss the city manager position, and to receive legal advice on litigation and contractual matters.

Members wouldn’t discuss specifics of what was discussed, other than to say the discussion topics weren’t related.

“That (litigation and contracts) has nothing to do with [the city manager search],” Councilman Ron Kirby said.

Former City Manager Dennis Pieper came to Tega Cay in 2011, but left to take a similar position in Fort Mill in December. Mayor Pro Tem Chris Landvik-Larsen said the number of resumes that led to Pieper’s hire – around 70 – was a pleasant surprise. He’s hoping for a late surge of interest in the current hire.

“Because of the holidays, you don’t get as many as you would,” he said.

At this point Council doesn’t have a stone set timeframe for making a decision.

“The process could take up to two-and-a-half months or so,” Landvik-Larsen said. “Three months would be safe.”

Whether a positive or negative, the 2011 hire of Pieper gave the city a frame to work with on the current decision. Experience that the current Council hopes will serve the city and its residents well this time.

“We’re versed in the process,” Sheppard said.

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