The search continues for a city administrator

Clinton’s form of government ‘puzzling’ to some applicants

CLINTON — Since city administrator Tim Followell retired last December, the city has had trouble holding on to replacement administrators, going through two in less than a year.

But, commissioners met in closed session Tuesday to map out a plan for a more successful effort in their search.

Part of the problem is that many people applying for the job, and in some cases hired, don’t have a strong understanding of the commission form of government, mayor Roger Cyrulik told the Clinton Journal.  The commission form of government is not common anymore, and many applicants for the Clinton post likely envision something closer to a city manager’s job.

Administrator Darren Girdler left in February after only a couple of months, and his replacement Belynda Allen left in September after only a few weeks.  Cyrulik said it wasn’t necessarily anyone’s fault. 

Allen left on a positive note, Cyrulik said.

“It was mutual,” he said.  “She did the best she could for a short term.”

Cyrulik said he was happy with her performance but lacked the time necessary to bring her up to speed. 

“We’re going to give her a good recommendation,” he said.

Allen had extensive economic development experience and connections in state government Cyrulik said would have been good for the city.

• See the complete story in the Friday, Nov. 4 print edition of the Clinton Journal or now in the Journal E-Edition for subscribers.


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