July 24, 2016

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Firm to hunt for new Brunswick city manager

BRUNSWICK — A formal search for a new city manager in Brunswick could get under way as soon as September.

Councilwoman Pat Hanek, at large, who serves as vice mayor, said she and Councilman Vince Carl, 2nd Ward, already have had a meeting with two representatives from Management Partners, the consulting company hired to help the city find a replacement for Jim Lukas.

Lukas said he resigned as city manager to take a job in southwestern Ohio to be closer to family.

Hanek said she and Carl worked with the firm on Friday to create a brochure they hope to publish by the end of the month advertising the position.

“They’ll publish it in places like the Ohio Municipal League, and also conduct their own search,” Hanek said.

Once the position is advertised, around the first of September, it will be about 30 days before Management Partners closes the application process and begins sorting through the candidates.

Kevin Knutson, a spokesman for Management Partners, said the company hopes to make its recommendations soon after that.

“We’ve done quite a few recruitments in the past,” Knutson said. “Generally the process takes about 90 days, but it can go longer.”

On July 29, Brunswick Council members approved a motion to hire Management Partners for a flat fee of $18,900. Hanek said the company targets qualified candidates and can help them find a replacement soon.

“They recently helped Painesville hire their new city manager,” she said. Hanek said Painesville officials spoke positively about their work with Management Partners, which is based in Cincinnati.

Hanek also said the two consultants they’re working with from Management Partners are former city managers themselves.

“They have a good idea of what a city manager does,” Hanek said.

Council is in recess for the month of August, but Hanek said it’s likely the Council will call a special meeting for Aug. 26 to approve bids for a storm sewer project on Applewood Drive.

The project, to be completed with Ohio Public Works money, needs to be approved before September to use the public funding, Hanek said.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.