City Manager

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Portage City Council members say they hope to decide soon how they’ll select the city’s next manager. Maurice Evans announced his retirement on Monday after eight years at the post.

At the city council’s meeting yesterday, Mayor Pete Strazdas suggested councilors weigh different approaches with the hope of approving one at their next meeting. He says the first step is for members to decide what “qualities” they’re looking for in Evans’ successor. Considerations include whether to hire a search firm to find candidates and a consultant to assist with decision-making.

Almost 220 city employees accepted an early retirement incentive, to fix a $6 million budget shortage. Among the 219 employees, City Manager Kenneth Collard will retire late next year, as well as Assistant City Manager Jerri Barnett-Moore. The Kalamazoo City Commission will interview three search firms Monday afternoon, one of which will help find the next city manager.