Mayor Mike Inman said the city received 27 applications for the position. The search committee has now trimmed the list to five.
“(They) were given invitations to appear here so we can get to know them a little better in person on January 6, 7, and 8,” said Mayor Mike Inman.
The person chosen will replace Dean Torreson, who came to town in January, 2008. He was scheduled to retire next week but agreed to stay on until his successor is in place.
Inman is grateful for that.
“We’re in the middle of getting ramped up for next year’s budget. We have some union contracts we need to start looking at. We’re very grateful for the fact that Dean didn’t leave us in a lurch,” Inman said.
To compensate Torreson for staying beyond his scheduled retirement, the city council agreed to pay him around $8,300 per month for up to three months.
Before coming to Macomb, Torreson had served as a city administrator or city manager in four Iowa communities.
Regarding the current search, Inman said two of the 27 applications came in after the deadline so they were not considered. The search committee then reduced the field to 13. Three of those candidates withdrew.
The committee conducted phone interviews with the 10 remaining candidates before whittling the field to five.