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Village draws 14 candidates

by David Fleet

August 31, 2011

The Goodrich Village Council will have plenty of candidates to choose from for the new position of interim manager.

A total of 14 candidates applied for the interim post, which should last for 90 to 120 days with the potential for a full time position. The opening was posted in The Citizen and other publications in the Genesee county area.

Village Councilmember Doug McAbee said an interim manager should be selected at the Sept. 12 council meeting.

"The response was more than we expected," he said. "Due to the number (of candidates) we may need a special meeting to narrow the number down."

No date has been set for a meeting as of presstime.

In March, longtime Village Manager Jakki Sidge vacated her office following a whirlwind of controversy stemming from a 3-2 vote at a special meeting Feb. 11, when the village council approved a motion requesting her resignation. Sidge had served as the village administrator for about the last 15 years. Since then the position has been vacant.

Applicants included candidates from the Michigan cities of Davison, Goodrich, Grand Blanc, Grayling, Howell, Lennon, Mason and Ortonville. Out of state candidates include Moline, Ill., Stow, Ohio and Toccoa, Ga.

"We need someone to start very soon and be very flexible with hours," he said.

"The base pay will depend on experience and depend on the individual. We also will take a hard look at where the individual lives and look outside the community. Either way the community will have an opportunity to ask questions and review the candidates."