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Michigan Municipal League hired for Scottville city manager search

February 15, 2019 GMT

SCOTTVILLE — The City of Scottville will contract with the Michigan Municipal League (MML) to find a replacement for outgoing City Manager Amy Williams, who announced her resignation from the position on Jan. 4.

The decision to use the MML to find a new city manager was made at a special meeting of the Scottville City Commission Tuesday afternoon at city hall, where commissioners heard proposals from two firms vying for the bid — the MML and Walsh Municipal Services. MML lead recruiter Kathie Grinzinger and Walsh Municipal Services owner Frank Walsh addressed the commission via conference call to present their strategies.


The cost for contracting with the MML will be $17,000 — significantly more than the lower bid of $7,500 from Walsh — but commissioners said the additional expense was warranted for a service they saw as more comprehensive.

Williams previously estimated that the cost to use MML would be a minimum of $12,000. The city was offered a $14,000 package that would have offered fewer services and less contact with the league, according to Williams.

Grinzinger told commissioners the hiring of a new city manager was one of the most important things they’d do in their public service careers, and promised that MML would include Williams and the commissioners, as well as four facilitators, in the candidate search.

Services include reference checks, contract negotiations, preliminary interviews, social media and newspaper background research as well as criminal, civil, driving and credit checks.

Read the full story in Thursday’s Ludington Daily News print or e-Edition.