City Manager Search

 

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Happening Now

In May, the City of Asheville launched a public process, asking about the qualities and the qualifications our residents think are important for the City Manager position. Public input was taken through community meetings and a survey. The City also received input from employees.  You can see the results below.

City Staff worked with Springsted-Waters Consultants to build a candidate profile with the qualities identified by the community. This profile is reflected in a recruiting brochure being used in a nationwide recruitment effort. The profile determines the pool of candidates from which City Council will choose.

 

Update (07/03/2018)

The recruiting brochure is complete! View here

 

Public Meetings

South Meeting - May 10 at Skyland Fire Department, 9 Miller Road South
Two sessions: 4-5:30 pm. or 6-7:30 p.m.
Session 1 Document - 6 Attendees
Session 2 Document - 4 Attendees

Staff Meeting - May 17
Document - 27 Attendees

Downtown Meeting - May 19 at City of Asheville Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte Street
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Session 3 Document - 4 Attendees

Additional Meeting Added 
May 24 - Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston Street
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Session 4 Document - 8 Attendees

Childcare will be provided for ages 5 and above. Interpretive services will also be available.

Survey
Public input will also be taken through an online survey May 10-27 at Open City Hall Asheville. Physical copies will be available at recreation and community centers.

Hotline

Comments can be left at this number, 828-259-5900.

 

Engagement Update (06/04/2018)

The survey was open May 7-27, 2018. So far, this topic had 392 visitors and 124 responses. That's 6.2 hours of public comment at an average of 3 minutes per response. Paper ballot tabulation, including from public input sessions, are included in this report. In addition to the survey, there were four different information sessions, and input provided via email and the Nextdoor app. 

 

Engagement Update (05/24/2018)

As of noon, May 24, the City Manager qualities survey on Open City Hall has had 361 visitors and 101 responses: 57 registered responses and 44 unregistered responses.  There have been 0 received messages on the hotline.

That's 5.1 hours of public comment at an average of 3 minutes per response.

The deadline for participation is 11 p.m. May 27.

When the survey closes over the weekend, CAPE will collect all physical surveys from neighborhoods and our recreation and community centers on Tuesday (after we get back from the holiday) and input them into the survey.
 
The outcome, compilation of all responses, will be posted on the Outcome tab on the survey. (see screenshot below)

 

 
 

Background

The City of Asheville uses the council-manager form of local government, under which elected City Council members are the community leaders and policy makers who establish a vision for Asheville, and who hire the city manager to carry out policy and ensure that all residents are equitably served.

The City Manager coordinates the work of department heads and other employees, who help ensure the smooth and efficient delivery of services. The City Manager:

  • Works with elected officials as they develop policies. The City Manager may discuss problems and recommendations, propose new plans, or discuss issues that affect the community and its residents.
  • Ensures that laws and policies approved by elected officials are equitably enforced throughout the city.
  • Develops recommendations for new programs indicating scope, cost and impact for consideration by City Council.
  • Prepares the annual budget, submits it to elected officials for approval and implements it once approved.
  • Supervises department heads and other employees and top appointees who are responsible for day-to-day operations of the city.
  • Ensures customer service efficiency and effectiveness.

Timeline (Updated 07/03/2018)

As you will note in the brochure, candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and resume by July 30, when we will begin the initial screening of resumes.  The position remains open until filled; if additional qualified candidates come to our attention after that date, we will bring them forward to the City Council for consideration.  With July 30 as the first date of review, the timeline for the process is revised as follows:

Recruitment consultant selection April
Public and employee engagement May
Recruitment begins July 2 - July 30
Candidate Screening July 30
 Candidate Assessment July 31 - August 17
 City Council Selection of Finalists  Week of August 20
Interviews Week of September 3 or September 10
Candidate Selection Week of September 10 or September 17
Announcement of new City Manager September 20
City Manager begins work October/November

 


Supporting Documents


Request for Proposal for Recruiting Firm

 Response from Recruiting Firm 

Recruiting Brochure

Session 1 Document

Session 2 Document 

Session 3 Document 

Session 4 Document 

Staff Session Document

Master Input Document (all input apart from survey results)

Survey Results

Nextdoor App Feedback


Contact Information

Citizen Engagement Hotline - 828-259-5900

citymanagersearch@ashevillenc.gov

 

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