Skype interviews of search firms open to public Wednesday 

Published 10:31 am Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Special meeting called to determine who City of Danville will go with to find new city manager 


The Danville City Commission will interview three search firms at noon Wednesday as part of its process to replace City Manager Ron Scott, who will be retiring. GovHR, The Mercer Group and Slavin Management Associates will all get a chance to pitch their services with the commission via Skype during a special meeting, which is open to the public. 

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Mayor Mike Perros and Commissioners J.H. Atkins, Kevin Caudill and Rick Serres will conduct firm interviews; Commissioner Denise Terry will not be available. 

City Attorney Stephen Dexter said he realized there will be conflicts of schedules. “But we stress the timeline crunch we have,” he said. Dexter advised the commission to stick as firm as possible with the tentative calendar dates of the next moves. 

“It’s important, because our conflicts are only going to increase. A week or two here will push us toward the end of November,” he said. Scott plans on leaving by the end of the year. 

The city commission hopes to plan an in-person interview with the project manager of the chosen search firm in early August. 

The three search firms the commission agreed on were also the three cheapest out of six the city looked at. GovHR USA, out of Illinois, charges $15,000 for the search, with expenses not to exceed $4,500. The Mercer Group, with offices in Georgia and New Mexico, charges $15,000, and expenses not to exceed $6,000. Slavin Management Consultants, located in Georgia, charges $15,855, and expenses not to exceed $7,500.