The Reno City Council today approved a contract to seek a new city manager. The firm Ralph Andersen & Associates was selected at a cost not to exceed $50,000.
The search is expected to begin soon, and a new city manager is expected to be hired in early 2017.
Greg Nelson of Ralph Andersen & Associates said that Nevada is a difficult state to recruit candidates because of the openness of the search.
An extensive vetting process will include review of candidate backgrounds, potential criminal records and public histories, he said. “The candidates are screened competitively (among a field of candidates).”
The firm will conduct a number of meetings and Nelson said they will seek public input in the process.
The city is looking to replace former manager Andrew Clinger, who resigned last month amid a brewing controversy involving alleged sexual harassment and a hostile work environment.
Results of pending investigations into those allegations are expected mid-October.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.